Psychology at Lawrence Sheriff School
The initial part of the course focuses on examining
behaviour from different ‘approaches’, applying this to
issues such as prejudice, aggression, phobias and
memory. In the second year of the course students then
look at the practical applications of these approaches by
applying knowledge to Criminal Psychology and Mental
Health Disorders. Throughout the course students will
also develop an understanding of research methods,
ethics and data analysis through a series of practicals,
and the course culminates by looking at the wider issues
and debates within the subject.
Overall the course offers something for everyone, and
links are consistently made with both current and
You can expect to:
• Learn about a range of behaviours, from obedience to
• Be taught to question what you learn and the world
• Develop your writing skills.
• Undertake your own research, both on your own and in
• Reflect on the decisions you make as a researcher.
Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics.
Where does it lead?
The A Level Psychology course covers a broad range of
topics in Psychology and is an excellent foundation for
students who go on to study Psychology at University.
This then opens up a wide range of future careers, from
Sports Psychology and Clinical Psychology to working as
a researcher. However, this course will also benefit
students who are looking to pursue other courses or
careers. For example, the Social Psychology module is
relevant to anyone considering studying Business and
Management, while the focus on mental health disorders
may appeal to those considering a future in Medicine.
However, the development of key skills, such as the ability
to think critically and to construct an effective argument,
will be beneficial to a range of fields.
Other useful information
Advice is available for students considering studying
Psychology at University and throughout the year talks
will be made available by experts in various fields of
Psychology. All students are also given the opportunity to
be exposed to wider research in Psychology through the
Psychology Reading Group, and students are encouraged
to keep up to date with current affairs in order to make
links with topics covered in class.
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“Psychology is taught in a variety of ways, including a
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lawrence Sheriff School directly.