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Psychology (OCR) at The Duke of York's Royal Military School

Course description

This OCR led course is two years long and assessed by three examinations (3 x 2 hours) at the end of Year 13.

Course content

The three components of the course are; Research Methods, Psychological Themes through Core Studies, and Applied Psychology (specifically Issues in Mental Health, Child Psychology, and Criminal Psychology). Component 1 requires learners to study four key psychological investigatory methods, Experiment, Observation, Self-report and Correlation. This component also requires learners to be able to plan and conduct their own research, record data and analyse data, along with the presentation of results through report writing and an understanding of Science in Psychology. Component 2 will assess learners’ knowledge and understanding of five key psychological Approaches; Social, Cognitive, Developmental, Biological, and Individual Differences (including a classic and contemporary study). In addition to this learners’ will focus on two key Perspectives; Behaviourist and Psychodynamic. Finally learners will need to define key principles and concepts of a range of debates (nature/ nurture, freewill/determinism, reductionism/ holism, etc, and Psychology as a Science. Component 3 requires learners to follow one compulsory topic of Issues in Mental Health, along with two options of Child Psychology and Criminal Psychology. Each of the three topics requires learners to explain and exemplify the background and consider relevant issues and debates, along with Key Research, and their Application.

Entry requirements

GCSE passes are needed at grade B or above in both English and Mathematics.


This OCR led course is two years long and assessed by three examinations (3 x 2hours) at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

As well as preparation for the study of Psychology at university, the course provides an excellent grounding for those wanting to move to one of the caring professions, such as nursing or medicine, or an area involving an aspect of working with people such as the police, management or human resources.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 January 2017
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  • Start date: Next September


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    • The Duke of York's Royal Military School is based on a beautiful 150-acre site on the outskirts of Dover, Kent.

      With the white cliffs of Dover on our doorstep and on a clear day France can be seen, we offer a state boarding facility with a military ethos.  The school has it's own colours, which were presented by our patron HRH The Duke of Kent.

      With 500 students on roll we can offer a co-educational education to students from YR7 to YR13. We have a dedicated Sixth Form Centre, Centenary House which is the stepping stone from home/school to either University or into the workplace. The school has a set of values:courage, integrity, respect, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline.

      These values are important in every day life as well as life in the classroom.

      As a state boarding school KCC will cover the costs of education and parents are asked to pay for the cost of boarding.

      We welcome applications from military and non-military families with our current on roll students split 50/50 from military and non-military families.

      Our Whole School Open Morning is on Saturday 10th March 09:00 to 12:30.

      To reserve a place please complete the online form via our website: