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Psychology AS/A Level at South Holderness Technology College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour and it involves the examination of various theories and consideration of research evidence

Psychology deals with what people do and why they do it. It also examines questions concerning everyday commonplace behaviour, as well as those behaviours that can be considered to effect the quality of life for the individual and those that she or he shares their life with.

Thus psychology seeks to explain and understand the observable behaviour and the internal processes that make human beings what they are.

Course content

All students will complete the following compulsory units:

1. Social influence (conformity and obedience) 2. Memory (models of memory and how to improve the accuracy of eyewitness testimony) 3. Attachment (How children form emotional bonds) 4. Psychopathology (Mental health) 5. Approaches in Psychology 6. Biopsychology 7. Research methods (How to conduct and experiment and observations etc.) 8. Issues and debates in psychology.

You will also be expected to study one unit out of Option 1, Option 2 and Option 3 (3 units in total) :

Option 1: 9 Relationships 10 Gender 11 Cognition and development

Option 2: 12 Schizophrenia 13 Eating behaviour 14 Stress

Option 3: 15 Aggression 16 Forensic psychology 17 Addiction


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A-C grade including Maths and English

A grade B in GCSE subjects is required for most A level programmes. Students wishing to study Psychology are required to have a GCSE grade B in maths, science and English due to the scientific nature of the subject. Please speak to the sixth form subject teacher for specific details on course entry.


Three written exams:

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology (Compulsory Units 1-4)

Paper 2: Psychology in Context (Compulsory Units 5-7)

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology (Compulsory unit 8 plus 3 optional units)

Future opportunities

Many of our students continue to study Psychology at university and then become Teachers, Educational Psychologists or Social Workers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Holderness Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

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