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Psychology AS AQA 2180 at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

Why do you do what you do? What motivates you, what drives you – consciously or unconsciously? Who are you and exactly how much control did you have over who you are now and who you will become? Who is driving you? Do you have any steering and how are your brakes? Psychology tries to answer such questions through the study of the mind and the behaviour of humans (and animals), with the emphasis upon the individual. It can provide an insight into why individuals respond to their environment as they do, how to avoid antagonism, how to target information and so on; giving you an obvious advantage. Surely, by knowing why, you can arrive at useful solutions more successfully and efficiently. For example, a teacher can learn to recognise which pupils will respond best to certain forms of encouragement and be able to target attention upon potentially disruptive behaviour before the classroom is affected. As a result, Psychology is relevant to any career that centres upon interactions with people. AS UNITS: Note: all modules contribute to 25% of the total overall grade. The exam papers have a series of short definition/factors questions, evaluation of key studies questions and mini essay debates. Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology (Memory and eye-witness testimony) and Developmental Psychology (attachment, deprivation/separation, evaluation of day care). Plus Research methods strengths and weaknesses. Unit 2: Physiological Psychology (the cause and effect stress), Individual Difference (abnormality – biological and psychological models. Also, Social Psychology (conformity, obedience and independent behaviour). THIS SUBJECT TESTS A RANGE OF SKILLS, SO IS NOT TO BE TAKEN ON LIGHTLY.

Entry requirements

No causes for concern over homework in last two terms of year 11; A minimum of “B” in Mathematics (statistics), English (communication skills; verbal and written) and Sciences (research methods). Those with lower grades usually struggle with the language and new concepts.

Future opportunities

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: Any job that involves interaction, management and care of people. NB: Psychology is considered a scientific subject, but a second science would benefit a future medical career. SUGGESTED COMBINATIONS: Sociology, Biology, History and Philosophy have overlapping skills and course content (that would be a lot of reading and essay writing though!) MORE IMPORTANT: Memory is linked to motivation – so do the subjects you enjoy! You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as a science or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Psychology, which could lead you onto higher education to study Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year