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Psychology

Psychology looks at where behaviour comes from in both humans and animals in order to better understand and possibly even control that behaviour with the aim of improving and helping society and the individual within it.

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour and the focus of our study is not simply about the mechanics and origin of human behaviour, it also covers maladaptive and deviant behaviour as well as how best to address and treat these issues. It is a versatile subject which links with many others, such as Biology, English, PE, Business Studies and Economics. Psychology covers a vast array of topics; exploring themes such as the influence of nature and nurture, to how we process information and on to greater issues such as understanding how genocide can happen.

Psychology requires a good understanding of the human condition and a natural curiosity when it comes to wanting to find out more. It is a subject that involves being able to think critically about the information being presented and it requires an ability to apply that knowledge beyond the textbook and the lessons. A Psychology student will therefore be a strong independent leaner with an analytic mind and an empathic ear. A Psychology student is able to think for themselves and communicate those thoughts in writing in a succinct yet thorough manner whilst ensuring that they have the necessary evidence to back up any arguments they make.

Course Requirements

You do not need to have previously studied Psychology, although an interest in understanding human behaviour is a must. During the course you will need to be able to communicate effectively and research information from a variety of sources, whilst simultaneously assessing those sources in terms of reliability and validity. It would assist you on the course if you have or are working towards GCSE Grade B in Mathematics, Science and English.

Opportunities

In addition to a degree in Psychology, this A Level can also lead to degrees in social science, medicine, law, business management, marketing, anthropology, nursing or advertising. Given the applied nature of the subject, it is also relevant to many careers and not just in the field of Psychology. One example of this would be Law, as the course seeks to understand memory in the context of Eyewitness Testimony and the legal ramifications associated with it as well as looking at courtroom processes and jury decisions.

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