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Psychology A2 GCE A Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

This course looks at human behaviour and how it interacts with the mind. Psychology focuses on understanding and explaining human behaviour. Foe example why some people obey and others do not, or whether animals can learn a language or why some people are afraid of insects and others are not. '

In addition Psychologists study theories of behaviour and how mental illnesses can be treated, for example how to treat phobias or depression. Finally Psychology looks at questions such as the nature / nuture debate and whether humans have free will or are pre-programmed to behave in certain ways.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved 5 GCSEs including a grade C in English Language, Mathematics and Science in order to study Psychology at this level. As Psychology is a science it is essentail that students have a C in Science (or CC if studying double science)


Unit 3 : 1 hr + 30 minutes exam = 20% of total marks.

This unit is divided into three parts. Section A and B is concerned with research methods while section C looks at issues in Psychology. For example what are the ethical issues when using animals for research.

Unit 4: 2 hrs + 30 minutes exam = 30 % of total marks.

This unit is divided into three parts.

Section A looks at controversies such as whether psychology is a science.

Section B looks at memory and how it is organised, for example; why we forget and disorders of memory such as Alzheimer's disease.

Section C looks at how psychology is used in real life (applications) such as forensic psychology and psychopathology (mental disorders).

Future opportunities

Though Universities ask for high grades for anyone wishing to study Psychology there are lots of options available for Psychology degree graduates. Careers can be followed in the following areas:

Clinical Psychology y
Educational Psychology y
Criminal Psychology y
Forensic Psychology y
Occupational Psychology y
Police e
Social work k
Teaching g
Health care Business and many more

Further information

You will be issued with either your own core text book and departmental booklets. There is also a variety of additional textbooks in the Psychology classrooms.

Psychology is an extremely popular subject at A level here and we are one of the biggest subjects at A level in terms of the number of students.

The Psychology department has excellent subjects specialist teachers that are dedicated to the success of the students.

The Psychology department has visits from outside speakers to enrich students' learning and a trip to Liverpool Crown Court in the summer term to prepare for the Forensic Psychology topic.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year