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Psychology Linear A Level at Westcliff High School for Girls

Course description

Psychology is the study of behaviour and how the mind works. Psychologists work in education and child development, in clinical work dealing with phobias, in the courtroom acting as expert witnesses, in industry helping to design efficient machines or optimising business organisations and in universities researching into every branch of human behaviour, from the causes of road accidents to sexuality.

Course content

AS Key Learning: You will study 2 modules which form 50% of A2: Unit 1: Memory - short and long-term memory, how they are coded in the brain; Attachment - how and why infants develop bonds with their mothers and the effects and impact of separation; and Research methods - psychologists must ensure their experiments are not open to bias. How do they do this? Unit 2: Deals with aspects of stress, what it is and its effects on us; Abnormality looking at what makes a person abnormal; and Conformity and Obedience – why do people obey orders given by an authority figure.

A2 Key Learning: Unit 3 deals with Gender – the norms and expectations; Relationships – forming, maintaining relationships, cultural differences and evolution influences; Biological rhythms and sleep; and Unit 4 looks at Schizophrenia, Addictive behaviours and Research methods.

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE in English and BB GCSE in Double Science or BBC in Separate Sciences


Assessment: Two 1½ hour papers

Assessment: One 1½ hour paper (Unit 3) and one 2-hour paper (Unit 4)

Future opportunities

Applications for BA/BSc psychology courses have risen by 60,000 over the last 10 years. These range from social psychology, behavioural (animal and human) psychology to the more science-based courses in machine intelligence or statistics. Psychology is useful in a number of careers, including medicine, nursing, childcare professions, artificial intelligence, teaching, police force and probation service, advertising, public relations and business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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