A Level Psychology

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Course programme:
A Level Courses
Area of study:
Social Sciences
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Course Requirements: 

At least five GCSE grades 9 to 6, including at least a grade 6 in English, mathematics and science.

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Why study this course?

You should choose psychology if you want to find out how the mind works and want to carry out your own research to explain people’s attitudes and behaviours. This stimulating subject combines fascinating theories with a rigorous consideration of academic research evidence. You will also develop important skills in how to design, carry out and analyse primary research.

What will I study?

You will study different psychological viewpoints including Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Biological and Behaviourist, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods, social psychology and individual differences (psychopathology/abnormality).

How is this course assessed?

Three 2 hour exam papers, all equally weighted.

What can I study with this course?

Psychology combines well with a multitude of subjects. Many students pair it with other subjects which require essay writing skills such as English language or literature, sociology and philosophy and ethics. However, it combines equally well with biology and mathematics.

Where does this qualification lead?

Psychology students can go on to specialise in a particular area in Higher Education, such as educational psychology, sports psychology, therapy or occupational psychology. However, the skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research. The study of psychology is also good preparation for any career involving people. These include careers in education, health, marketing, management, human resources and government services, including the police.

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