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The study of the human mind

Psychology is the study of the development, structure and functioning of the human brain. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own psychological awareness through active engagement with the psychological world.

 Why study Psychology?

Course Overview

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, the course is designed to:

·Encourage students to engage with the subject by introducing new, contemporary topics
·Make conceptually demanding areas more accessible by setting them in context
·Allow teachers to select a route through optional topics that suits students’ interests
·Allow candidates to demonstrate their ability to utilise scientific methodology in the context of psychology
·Develop candidates critical thinking skills

 Year 1 – AS

Candidates develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of Psychology through a range of topics chosen for their accessibility and popularity

·PSYA 1 – Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and research methods
·PSYA 2 – Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

 Year 2 – A2

The specification offers a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different psychological approaches and engage students in issues and debates in psychology.

·PSYA 3 – Topics in Psychology
·PSYA 4 – Psychopathology, Psychology in action and research methods

Course Requirements

Students require 5 A* - C grades at GCSE to undertake A Level Psychology, preferably with a C in English Language and Mathematics.

Where can this course take me?

Child Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Comparative Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Engineering Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Industrial Psychology, School Psychology, Social Psychology

 Psychology will enable students to

·Acquire knowledge of psychological processes and structures
·Appreciate theoretical and conceptual issues in psychological debate
·Understand psychological methodology and research methods
·Reflect on their own experience of the social world
·Develop skills which help them to participate in adult life

Department staff:

Mrs H Matthews (Curriculum Lead) - h.matthews@st-anselms.org.uk