Social Sciences

PSYCHOLOGY

What skills and previous experience willI need?

No previous study of Psychology is required,however, GCSE grade C or higher in English and Mathematics is vital.

What will I study?

In Psychology, behaviour and mental life are the topics of study. We all have opinions and beliefs about human behaviour but unless these are supported by facts, they remain subjective and open to bias. To understand human behaviour, we must use appropriate research methods and objective analysis.The course is divided into four modules overall. 

At AS level you will complete the Psychological Investigations module which enables you to become familiar with four techniques for collecting/analysing data:self-report, experiment, observation,correlation. You will also complete the Core Studies module which requires you to build knowledge and understanding of fifteen psychology studies, demonstrating evaluation skills and an appreciation of wider psychological approaches/perspectives,theories, issues and debates. 

At A2 you will study two areas of applied psychology:Forensic Psychology and Health and Clinical Psychology. You will also study a module which focuses on Approaches and Research Methods in Psychology.How will I be taught?A variety of approaches including group work,role-play, the use of ICT, research,discussions, experiments and presentations will be used.Where does the course lead?Studying Psychology is excellent preparation for many higher level courses and careersincluding work within education, social services, the health services, the criminalsystem and the leisure industry.Who do I talk to?Any member of staff from the Social SciencesFaculty will be pleased to talk to you.