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Subject Leader

Mrs K Jhaj

Advanced Level



Why study Psychology?

Studying Psychology will give you fundamental and lasting insights into human behaviour; you will learn about the main approaches in this subject (Biological; Cognitive; Social; Developmental and Individual Differences). The research in Psychology ranges from controlled experiments on humans (power of the authority figure to conformity in administering electric shocks) to long term case studies (deprivation studies)

How will you be assessed?

The course is 100% externally examined.  The course is divided into three components:

Component 1 Research Methods – 30% of the overall course.

This component has three elements which include a multi-choice section, stimulus response section and a mathematical data analysis section.

Component 2 Psychological Themes through Core Studies – 35% of the overall course

Students will answer a range of short and essay style question on ten sets of classic and contemporary core studies.

Component 3 Applied psychology – 35% of the overall course.

Students answer extended questions relating to three areas of applied psychology, of which, mental health is the compulsory element.

What will you study?  
 Research Methods This component introduces the student to the world of research methods whereby, they actively engage in their own practical research investigations.  Through the first hand experiences of collecting data via a range of methods and techniques, students will be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different techniques.
 Psychological themes through core studies This exciting component draws upon classic core studies and contemporary studies, to appreciate how psychological knowledge and understanding has developed over time.  There are ten pairs of studies to cover behaviours ranging from child aggression to brain abnormality.   Media sources are analysed in detail for their applications and engagement with psychological research.
 Applied psychology This insightful applied unit examines how the research and theories in psychological theory have an impact on life in certain areas.  The compulsory unit is “issues in mental health” plus students learn from two other optional units, choosing from:

·         Child psychology

·         Criminal psychology

·         Environmental psychology

·         Sport and exercise psychology

What will Psychology offer you in the future?

Taking Psychology as an option will change your life, besides learning about human behaviour, you will also learn how to express yourself coherently, how to challenge information, how to be confident about yourself, how to be a more self-aware person!   Progression to University in a wide range of subjects and a variety of careers and professions including the public services, media,  human resources, the law, education, research and many more ‐ Psychology is relevant to every sphere of industry.