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Psychology A-Level at Diss High School

Course description

Psychology focuses on the science of the mind, behaviours and experience. It looks at how individuals think, what they do and the way they are affected by their biological make up and the wider social group.

Why Study Psychology?

If you are fascinated by the idea of understanding the brain and want to grasp the complexities of human behaviours, Psychology A-Level is for you. In lessons, you may be exploring various areas to do with cognitive behaviour, developmental and even biological psychology by focusing on issues such as memory, child and adult developmental stages, social behaviour, abnormalities in behaviour, physiological responses and psychological research methods. As you progress, you will learn more about critical issues related to the mind, behaviour and thinking style through exploring the physiological and psychological explanations of specific issues such as Biological Rhythms, Relationships, Gender, Psychological Disorders and many more.

Psychology will offer you a unique academic experience. You will need to be able to learn scientific information such as the aims, procedures and findings of studies but you will also need to be able to evaluate these theories critically and provide relevant evidence. Some answers require you to be concise but there are also longer essay based answers, this again providing diverse experience and useful transferable skills – developed through the study of fascinating topics.

Lessons will offer different learning opportunities with teachers who are enthusiastic about the subject, with written work conducted alongside discussion and pair work, presentations, videos and practical experiments.

Course content

What does the course consist of?

In the first year, you will study Social Influence, Memory and Attachments, Biopsychology, Research Methods and Psychopathology.

In the Upper Sixth, topics involve issues and debates in Psychology. In the past, these have included: Relationships; Biorhythms; Gender; Aggression; Forensic Psychology; and Addictive Behaviour.

Entry requirements

You are required to have at least five Cs at GCSE including Maths and English Language at Grade C.

Subject Specific

Grade B in English Language and either Maths or Science

Future opportunities

Psychology complements all areas and subjects. Its focus on the human mind, behaviour and thinking is attractive to all employers and areas of work involving human resources. The subject also instils skills in research analysis, communication and organisation that go well beyond the value of the material covered. As a university subject, Psychology is popular. Graduates enter a wide range of employment sectors, with only a minority pursuing careers in Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Diss High School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015

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