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Psychology at Queen Mary's High School

Course description

Psychology is a science subject that is concerned with the study of the mind and behaviour. It has links with a variety of other scientific disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Sciences, etc and it can be successfully used a science qualification in applications for courses such as Medicine and Dentistry. It also fits very well with the humanities subjects such as Geography, History, English, etc due to the development of communication and analytical skills. Psychology covers a wide range of topics and will provide a useful qualification for all applications to University. The common factor linking people who study Psychology is curiosity and the desire for knowledge.

Course content

Core Studies
Social: Responses to people in authority and people in need. E.g. Obedience and

Memory and Attention. E.g. Eyewitness testimony.
External influences on children’s behaviour and moral development. E.g.
Evaluations of lying and truth-
Regions of the brain and brain plasticity. E.g. Split brain research.
Individual Differences: Understanding disorders and measuring differences. E.g. The
language of psychopaths.

Applied Psychology
Issues in Mental Health
• The historical context of mental health
• The medical model
• Alternatives to the medical model

Criminal Psychology
• What makes a criminal?
• The collection and processing of forensic evidence
• Psychology and the courtroom
• Crime prevention
• Effect of imprisonment

Child Psychology
• Intelligence
• Pre-adult brain development
• Perceptual development
• Cognitive development and education
• Development of attachments Impact of advertising on children


Psychology is assessed by examination with a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions.

Exam 1: Research methods (2 hours)
30% of total A-level
Exam 2: Psychological themes through core studies (2 hours)
35% of total A-level
Exam 3: Applied psychology (2 hours)
35% of total A-level

Future opportunities

Further Psychology study can lead to a career as a:

• Clinical Psychologist
• Educational Psychologist
• Health Psychologist
• Occupational Psychologist
• Forensic Psychologist
• Sports Psychologist

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 September 2016
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