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AS/A PSYCHOLOGY at Peter Symonds College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal behaviour. Psychology involves the examination of various theories & consideration of research evidence. You will need to be a critical thinker and evaluate material in an objective and analytical manner.

At AS level, the course will introduce key areas & approaches in Psychology, including cognitive, developmental, biological and social psychology as well as the study of individual differences & research methods.

In Psychology you will look to answer questions such as; ‘How can we improve our memory?’ ‘What effect do nurseries have on our children?’ ‘How does stress lead to illness?’ ‘Would I make a good eye witness?’ ‘Why do we follow the crowd?’ ‘How successful are treatments for mental disorders?’

Entry requirements

If you are studying either:

a) GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics or
b) GCSE Science and Additional Science

You need to achieve 5 GCSEs at A*- C, including B in Additional Science or Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

If you achieve only a C in one of the previous listed subjects, then you also need to have Mathematics at grade B;

Or if you are studying either

c) GCSE Science and Additional Science (Applied) or
d) GCSE Applied Science (Double award)

You need to achieve 5 GCSEs at A*-C including grade CC in Applied Science (Double award) or grade C in Additional Science (Applied), and Mathematics at grade B.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1/2 years