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Psychology at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

Psychology is the study of people, the mind and behaviour. It is a popular subject with students because it has a big impact on all areas of life, particularly in areas such as education, health, the economy, marketing, human resources and crime. If you are interested in finding out why people behave the way they do or how then brain works then Psychology could be for you. 

Course content

The specification is suitable for students with no formal prior experience of the subject. The content is aimed at capturing natural interest and inspiring learning and at the same time developing understanding and knowledge at an advanced level in preparation for higher education. 


Entry requirements

You will need at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE including English, Mathematics and Science - Psychology is classed as a Science which is equivalent to Biology, Physics and Chemistry However, these are guidelines and every student’s application will be treated individually.


The course is completely exam based and will be assessed with exams lasting no longer than two hours each. Year 1 is worth 40% of the overall course and the topics are pre-chosen by the exam board which include Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Biopsychology and Research Methods. Topics in Year 2 can be chosen by the students and teacher together which include; Relationships, Gender, Schizophrenia, Stress, Eating Behaviour, Aggression, Forensics and Addiction

Future opportunities

Both employers and Post 18 education establishments regard Psychology favourably due to the skills you will have developed during the course. Psychology is an opening to a range of degree courses and vocational courses and Psychologists work in many areas of society. These include business, health, education, sport and the police force.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge, thereby developing your transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. Psychology also develops:

  • Oral, visual and written communication skills
  • Problem solving, numeracy and statistical skills
  • Critical and creative thinking, decision making and data analysis skills

Basically, a lot of skills which are transferable to whatever you decide to do in the future.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years