Why study psychology?

If you are interested in people and human behaviour, then this course is for you.

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Studying the course will enable you to develop a sound understanding of the leading approaches and key research areas in psychology.

The course involves scientifically-based research, theory and research methods. You will also develop your communication, analysis, interpretation and evaluation skills. Techniques and skills developed through studying psychology can be applied across a wide range of other subjects including arts, social sciences and traditional sciences. The associated career pathways are endless.

What will I learn about?

Introductory topics in psychology

You will study social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology.

Psychology in context

You will study approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods – this topic will enable you to carry out psychological research.

Issues and options in psychology

Issues and debates will be covered before delving into the three psychological topics of schizophrenia, cognition and development and forensic psychology.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examinations

Future pathways and careers

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Research psychologist
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  •  Social sciences

Entry requirements

GCSE at grade 5 in science and grade 4 in English and maths.

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