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Psychology A Level at WQE

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, characteristics and functioning. The first year introduces the core foundations of the subject via the different approaches used to explain human behaviour (behaviourist, cognitive and biological), the range of research methods used to investigate it scientifically, and statistical techniques for analysing data from research.
 
You will learn about theory and research which can help answer questions such as: Why do we conform or obey? Why do we forget? How can we improve eyewitness testimony? How and why does a bond develop between infants and their caregivers? Can we define what is normal and abnormal? How can we explain and treat illnesses such as depression and OCD?
 
The second year builds on this foundation through investigation of topics such as gender, sleep, aggression and stress. You will also extend your study of approaches and research methods, as well as learning about controversial debates in Psychology: Is behaviour due to ‘nature’ or ‘nurture’? Do humans have free will?

Course content

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, characteristics and functioning. The first year introduces the core foundations of the subject via the different approaches used to explain human behaviour (behaviourist, cognitive and biological), the range of research methods used to investigate it scientifically, and statistical techniques for analysing data from research.
 
You will learn about theory and research which can help answer questions such as: Why do we conform or obey? Why do we forget? How can we improve eyewitness testimony? How and why does a bond develop between infants and their caregivers? Can we define what is normal and abnormal? How can we explain and treat illnesses such as depression and OCD?
 
The second year builds on this foundation through investigation of topics such as gender, sleep, aggression and stress. You will also extend your study of approaches and research methods, as well as learning about controversial debates in Psychology: Is behaviour due to ‘nature’ or ‘nurture’? Do humans have free will?

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry criteria (see below) students are also required to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language, grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and a minimum of two GCSE Sciences at grade 5 or above.

Assessment

There are three 2-hour exams at the end of the second year. All exams contain a mix of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Additionally, regular internal assessments will take place throughout the course.

Future opportunities

Students will develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. Knowledge of psychology would be useful in many careers, for instance, medicine, education, probation work or human resources. To become a psychologist you will need a good Psychology degree followed by postgraduate training in areas such as clinical, educational or forensic psychology.

Further information

For further information please visit our website www.wqe.ac.uk or see our prospectus

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Web url: www.wqe.ac.uk

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