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Psychology A level at South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College

Course description

Are you fascinated by human behaviour; why we obey a man in uniform or why some  people become addicted to gambling while others can just walk away? Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental process. The A-Level course provides an introduction to the subject, introducing the work of influential psychologists. We aim to develop your research skills and the ability to evaluate the work of others.
AS Psychology
In your first year you will learn about five different approaches to studying human behaviour. There is a focus on comparing explanations of how gender develops for one of the units and obedience to authority in the other. During the year you will have the chance to carry out some research of your own to reinforce your learning.
A2 Psychology
During your second year you will apply your understanding to two distinct areas of psychological enquiry such as criminology and child psychology. You will examine a variety of approaches and you will be carrying out small scale investigations of your own to support your understanding.


100% examination (2 exams at the end of Year 12 and 2 at the end of Year 13)

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses.  This could lead you onto higher education to study Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. The study of psychology is also a good foundation for a number of careers such as management, marketing or police work. Creative careers such as advertising or architecture also have a strong psychological element.
You could go straight into a job, as psychology A level is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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