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Psychology A Level at Varndean College

Course description

Research Methods: Knowledge and understanding of research methods, providing an opportunity to design and evaluate a novel piece of research.

Psychological themes through Core Studies: Focus on some of the central areas of investigation, looking at ‘landmark’ pieces of research that have helped to shape the course of Psychology. The aim is to develop essential critical thinking and independent learning skills.

Applied Psychology:  Exploration of themes and debates to draw students into the heart of psychology.





Course content

Unit 1:

Research methods and techniques

  • Data recording, analysis and presentation
  • Report writing
  • Science in Psychology

Unit 2:

  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Regions of the Brain
  • Brain plasticity
  • Understanding disorders
  • Responses to people in need
  • Responses to people in authority

Unit 3:

Mental Health

  • The biochemical explanation of mental illness
  • The cognitive neuroscience explanation of mental illness

Criminal Psychology

  • Physiological and non-physiological explanations of criminal behaviour.
  • The use of forensic evidence and offender characteristics in crime scene analysis

Sport and Exercise

  • How an audience can facilitate or inhibit sports performance
  • Benefits of exercise on mental health



Entry requirements

Standard advanced course requirements plus

Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and Science.


100% exam


Future opportunities

Students go on to a huge range of degree courses such as Medicine, Teaching and Social Policy. Psychology is about people and can lead to a wide variety of careers. Students wishing to become professional psychologists have to undertake further relevant qualifications.

Further information

The entry requirement for studying Psychology at degree level at University is a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English. Scientific concepts and terminology are essential to this course.

There will be a variety of trips and visits. These may include trips to the theatre to see relevant plays, observation of animal behaviour and conferences in London.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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