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Psychology

“Why should I study Psychology?”

Psychology is unlike any subject you have studied before, so students find it fascinating and are well-motivated to succeed.
Psychology goes well with most other subjects, in particular biology, English language, mathematics, business studies and sociology.
Psychology is useful in a wide variety of careers, especially if you want to work with people e.g. in medicine, education, business, sports, law and social work. Because psychology is a science, a good understanding of the scientific method, and a basic understanding of statistics are required to complete the course successfully.

“What will I study?”

At AS level, students will study Social Influence, Memory, Attachments in Development, Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods. The full A Level will build on these topics and will include, Biological Psychology, Issues and Debates, such as the ‘Nature/Nurture debate and Free Will versus Determinism. It also includes the study of Relationships, Schizophrenia, and Forensic Psychology. Students will be assessed in the exam through a combination of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing.
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to undertake practical research activities involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.

“What entry qualifications do I need?”

You will need a grade 6 in English, 6 in Science and a minimum of grade 5 in Mathematics.