Psychology at Swanwick Hall School
COURSE STRUCTURE - AS LEVEL
During the course students learn about the following subject areas: Cognitive Psychology (memory) Developmental Psychology (attachment) Social psychology (obedience) Psychopathology. Students are encouraged to engage with psychological theory and critically analyse and evaluate research. The course is interactive, involving a wide range of teaching and learning strategies including research projects, student presentations and role play. During this year there should be opportunities for students to attend a BPS Conference which will allow them to broaden their knowledge of psychology as a discipline.
COURSE STRUCTURE – A2 LEVEL
The second year of the course covers a range of contemporary topics in psychology including: Aggressive behaviour, Relationships (formation, maintenance and break down) Biological rhythms (sleep). In the second half of the course students engage with psychopathology through the in depth study of diagnosis, classification and treatment of schizophrenia. This is followed by a unit dealing with gambling and smoking addiction and a range of relevant treatments. The final part of the course covers research methods. Students are encouraged to understand the bigger picture within psychology including contemporary issues such as the implications of psychological research for freewill and the importance of the nature/nurture debate. Once again this is an interactive course with a range of teaching and learning techniques. Students are given support in the development of evaluative and critical thinking skills. During this year there should be opportunities for students to attend a BPS Conference which will allow them to broaden their knowledge of psychology as a discipline.
In order to access this course students must have achieved a minimum of A* - C in 5 different subjects including English and Maths at GCSE Level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Swanwick Hall School directly.