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This is a course for students who are interested in human behaviour, what makes us different and how our experiences shape and influence the way we behave. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour and the AQA A-Level gives an excellent introduction to the ways human behaviour is studied and the different approaches to explaining our behaviour.
This course is not only designed to give students a good foundation in the subject but will also give an appreciation of how Psychology can be applied to some critical issues in society today. For example; why do people have OCD? How do early childhood experiences affect adult life?
Entry requirements

• GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 5 or above.
• GCSE Science at grade C or above.

Course Content

In the first year, students gain a broad knowledge of the different ways Psychologists explain and study human behaviour. The areas covered include: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology and Research Methods.
In the second year, students develop their understanding of the different approaches to explaining human behaviour and the issues associated with conducting research into human behaviour. Students study three topics in depth: Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression. Students also study Biopsychology, which looks at the role of hormones in influencing our behaviour and how damage to the brain can affect its functioning.

Future Opportunities

This course provides a sound basis for further undergraduate and postgraduate study leading to a professional career in Psychology. Its focus on why and how humans behave makes this subject useful for a career in business or the public sector.
The skills and knowledge obtained from this A-Level are relevant to any career involving contact with other people. Particularly relevant career options include marketing, business development, accountancy, human resources, forensic psychology, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, educational psychology, the police, the law, counselling, nursing and teaching.

AQA student guide

Teachers:

Miss N Rouse (Teacher in charge of Department) – rousen@crispins.co.uk

Ms S Pearson