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AS and A2 Level Psychology at William Farr CofE Comprehensive School

Course description

So what exactly is Psychology?

The word psychology is derived from two Greek words; psyche (mind, soul or spirit) and logos (study), which put together gives ‘Study for the mind’.

Whereas only a few would think of themselves as doctors, engineers or novelists, unless we had received a special education or training or had a special talent, we all consider that we know something about people and why they behave as they do. So there is a sense in which we are all psychologists.

A common reaction amongst students faced with the findings of a piece of psychological research is to say ‘it’s only common sense’. It may be common sense, but in trying to make sense of some aspect of behaviour in animals or humans, the psychologist uses research methods to establish patterns in behaviour and attempt to explain those patterns.

If you are interested in research, like to be challenged, involved in discussing issues and can draw together, often conflicting information into written or verbal reports, then you may well be interested in psychology as a course.

Some of the major studies in psychology, which you would encounter in the course, include:

Does the autistic child have a theory of mind?

A study of prisoners and guards in a simulated prison


Eye Witness Testimony

A case of multiple personality

On being sane in insane places

Split Brains!

Teaching sign language to a chimpanzee

A nation of morons!

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B or above in 4 subjects. The nature of this subject is such that a good grade in both English and Science would be preferred.

Future opportunities

Psychology would be beneficial for university degrees in Psychology, Social Sciences and vocational courses such as teaching, speech therapy, nursing social work etc. Psychology would also be useful in such areas as careers/degree courses in business studies and management science, particularly personnel work, industrial relations, advertising, marketing and tourism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Farr CofE Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years