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Psychology AS and A Level at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

Psychology is about understanding people and their behaviour. The subject requires you to look at a particular topic from a number of view points; the causes of our behaviour are up for debate and there are many theories to consider. The most exciting thing about the subject matter is that it can help you understand your own behaviour and that of those around you.

Course content

A level Psychology overview
Social influence: Looking at social psychology and behaviour in relation to those around us

• Memory: Looking at how memory functions in the brain and the fallibility of memory  
• Attachment: Looking at the caregiver and child relationship  
• Psychopathology: Investigating psychological abnormality and treatment
• Approaches in Psychology: Ways we investigate psychology and considering
Psychology as a science  
• Biopsychology: Considering biological causes of behaviour e.g. genetics,
neurotransmitters, etc.  
• Research methods: Looking at the ways in which we research the brain and
behaviour
• Issues and debates in psychology: Considering wider issues in psychology such
as ethics
• Gender: Looking at biological and social differences between men and women  
• Schizophrenia: Considering all aspects of the topic of schizophrenia
• Aggression: Looking at biological and psychological explanations of this state

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements are grade C or above in English and B in Mathematics. There is no requirement to have studied Psychology previously, however if taken previously a grade C or above is required.

Assessment

Assessed through three exams, all are two hours in length and worth a third of the A level and will be sat at the end of the two year course. The exams in the main involve essay writing.

Future opportunities

A level Psychology is a stimulating course in itsown right. It also fits well with the
Sciences, English and Sociology. It can be valuable when considering a career in areas such as Law, Criminology, Medicine and the Civil Services.

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 Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
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