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  • GCSEs to include a Grade 4 in English, Mathematics and Science
  • Minimum Average GCSE Score required for this course: 5
  • You will have the opportunity to join the Psychology Society run by current Psychology students
  • Students who take this course pursue a wide variety of careers and university degree courses.

Course summary

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. In this course you will be looking at scientific research on a regular basis and will learn about the different research methods that psychologists employ, such as experiments. It is a popular and academically demanding subject requiring a broad range of skills including data collection and analysis, identifying strengths and weaknesses in research, written and oral communication plus group work and designing and delivering class presentations.

Psychologists use human behaviour as a clue to the workings of the mind. Although we cannot observe the mind directly, our opinions, beliefs and behaviour are determined by the functioning of the mind. Psychology is an exciting discipline that encourages you to consider the origins of your behaviour and to decide why we engage in acts such as violence, have dreams in our sleep, obey authoritative figures and so much more! Due to the complexity of human behaviour, this subject often asks more questions than it provides answers.

The course places strong emphasis on the critical analysis of research and on the development of theories to explain behaviour. Psychology cannot equip you to read minds or offer simple solutions to human problems, but what you learn will have relevance to everyday life and any future career.

You will be expected to pre-read information before your lessons, as well as completing regular homework assessments.

Exam Board: A Level Psychology – AQA


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