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Psychology A Level at St Ivo School

Course description

The main aim of Psychology is to help explain and understand people and their behaviour. The specification offers a broad range of topics giving students an introduction to the subject, with research methods, in context. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. There is a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary Psychology.

Course content

The Psychology specification introduces students to the broad range of Psychology topics. The course comprises of three written exam units at the end of the two year A level course; there is no coursework. The course consists of compulsory units of social influence (how other people influence our behaviour), attachments (developed as a baby and how these affect our behaviour as an adult), memory (different types, models and why we forget), approaches in Psychology (looking at how different approaches explain behaviour), psychopathology (what is abnormal and studying phobias, depression and OCD in particular and possible treatment), biopsychology (the biological side of Psychology) and research methods. The research method part involves candidates designing and conducting various practical activities such as an experiment, questionnaire and observation. The second year builds on the first year and has further options to choose – forensic (crime), relationships and schizophrenia being the most popular. 20% of the course is science based and 10% mathematically based.

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. This is set out in a separate document called “Sixth Form Entry Requirements” which is available on the school website. Some subjects will also have subject specific requirements.

Future opportunities

For career opportunities – the understanding and analysis of human behaviour and experience is relevant to most fields, especially those orientated towards people. Psychology is a subject that works well with the sciences and the arts and can be useful in a variety of jobs including welfare, medicine, law, marketing, counselling, teaching and the police. A Psychology degree can be taken at university either culminating in a BA or BSc qualification. With further study, this could lead to a chartered psychologist status and eventually a career as a professional Psychologist working in areas such as clinical, occupational, educational, forensic or sport Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Ivo School directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.