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AS Psychology at The Beacon School

Course description

The AS course consists of two compulsory units which together aim to provide an overview of a number of different branches of Psychology. Unit 1 looks at cognitive Psychology and the way the brain processes and stores information in both short and long term memory. We then explore Development Psycholgy, looking at the importance of bonding and attachment in infancy and how this affects us, before examining psychological research methods. Unit 2 starts with Biological Psycholgoy and in particular the body's response to stress. We then investigate Social Psychology to seek an explanation as to why some people conform and obey and why others do not. Finally we examine individual differences, looking at specific psychological abnormalities and the different methods used to treat them. The A2 section of the course contains much more flexibility, with groups being able to choose from a range of areas of interest from the influence of psychology on the world of media to the psychology of addictive behaviour.

Future opportunities

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 The Beacon School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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