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Psychology A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of how people think, feel and behave. Through research, psychologists try and provide theories to explain various aspects of human behaviour. Studying psychology enables us to gain a better understanding of ourselves and other people.

Course content

Through this course you will develop knowledge and understanding of the different areas of psychology. You will also see how topical issues such as eating disorders or stress can be better understood and managed by looking at them from a psychological perspective.

Topics in both AS level and A level:

  • social influence
  • memory
  • attachment
  • psychology in context
  • approaches in psychology
  • psychopathology
  • research methods
  • scientific processes
  • data handling and analysis

Topics in A level only:

  • biopsychology
  • inferential testing
  • issues and debates in psychology
  • options include: relationships, cognition and development, schitzophrenia, eating behaviour, stress, aggression, forensic psychology, addiction

You will learn through:

  • discussion and debate
  • detailed notes and essay writing
  • textbooks
  • independent study
  • presentations
  • group work
  • role play
  • exploration of relevant websites
  • through the development of skills of analysis and evaluation

Entry requirements

To study psychology A level, you will need 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE, including at least a grade B in English and a grade C in mathematics.

Future opportunities

Psychology is useful for many careers, including

  • social work
  • law
  • business management
  • advertising

A level psychology can lead to many courses at university, including psychology, sociology or psychotherapy, and psychologists work in a number of fields including education, forensics, sport and counselling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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