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Psychology

Entry requirements

4 in GCSE English Language or Literature

4 in GCSE Maths

What will I study

The course is split into 12 modules:  approaches in psychology, research methods, social influence, memory, schizophrenia, memory, attachment, relationships, psychopathology, issues and debates, biopsychology  and forensic psychology

How will I be assessed?

There will be three exams of  two hour duration at the end of the second year. This is a linear two year course.  Each exam carries equal weighting.

Is this subject for me?

“Why would you do that?” is a question we often ask of people, especially frustrating people.  Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the mind and the thoughts and environmental factors that influence or even dictate our actions.  Why do some people struggle to maintain a relationship whilst others flourish?  Why do some succumb to addiction whilst others do not?   

Psychology can offer answers to these questions.

It is an intellectually demanding subject that requires a lot of extra reading and thorough and well-planned written answers.  It is where science meets humanities and as such is a fascinating subject for the intellectually curious. If you study psychology you’ll be able to hone your analytical and organisational skills and learn about scientific research methods, including collecting and working with data.

Learning about human behaviour can also help to build your communication skills and improve your teamwork and leadership skills.  Be warned however, there is a huge amount of content to be learned and an independent attitude must be taken.

Where can this lead me?

Psychology is useful for any job that requires lots of interaction or an understanding of human behaviour and development and psychologists have excellent communication and active listening skills.

People with skills in psychology are sought after in business, management, teaching, research, social work and careers in medicine and healthcare.

If you are interested in studying the subject at degree and post-graduate level in order to become a psychologist, you can work in a huge range of areas including:

  • Sports – helping athletes to build mental strategies to improve their performance and handle pressure.
  • Education – studying child development and helping children experiencing difficulties with their education.
  • Clinical and counselling – treating people with mental health needs.
  • Forensic - assessing and treating criminal behaviour, which can involve working with offenders and victims of crime.
  • Occupational – aiming to increase the effectiveness of an organisation and improve job satisfaction.
  • Neuropsychology – studying how the physical function of the brain affects the way we behave and helping to treat people suffering from brain injuries.

What else is there?

There are opportunities to visit the home of Sigmund Freud in London and the Ford Open Prison.

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