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Psychology at The Brunts Academy

Course description

The AS course focuses on six very different areas of Psychology. These include studies of abnormal behaviour, social influences on behaviour, stress and stress management, the special development of attachments in infancy, and different models explaining the complex issues of memory.

At A2 the different schools of Psychology are further explored, alongside many thought-provoking topics. The A2 course includes a focus on human relationships eg theories of attraction and the nature of aggression / anti-social and prosocial behaviour. Mental disorders such as schizophrenia and the psychology of addictive behaviour are also explored.

The AS and A2 course leads students into the thought provoking and controversial theories of numerous psychologists including Pavlov, Skinner and Freud. A vast array of research examples are investigated to provide students with specific insights into Psychology: the study of human behaviour.

Three hallmarks are balance, variety and active engagement. There is an appropriate balance between teacher explanations set alongside individual research. Variety is provided through a range of learning approaches (discussion, group-work, presentations, videos etc). Students develop their understanding of Psychology through an engagement in activities. This includes paired work problemsolving exercises that require skills of mental processing and the application of reason to an issue. Students are provided with opportunities to develop their thinking skills and to grow as independent learners.


Entry requirements

GCSE B grades or higher in English Language and English Literature, plus 2 Science based subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Brunts Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years