Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
Applicants must have at least 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 and above, including English Language and Mathematics. It is also desirable that students have GCSE science at grade 4 or above as the course content is very science based.
Students will be expected to study core maths alongside their three A level choices to support them with the mathematical and statistical elements of the course. However, this will not be necessary for students who have chosen to study mathematics at A level.
AIMS OF THE COURSE:
Students are made aware of the emergence of psychology as a science and the diversity of human behaviour. The course covers a wide range of psychological research methods, enabling students to understand how human behaviour can be studied scientifically so that it can be explained and predict if it is likely to occur. Students will also learn how to evaluate the validity of psychological research as well as design and carry out their own research.
Considerable emphasis is placed upon the way in which psychology is applied in the real world, including the development of therapies to help improve the lives of those who experience mental health difficulties.
There are three written exam papers covering the content and research methods elements of the syllabus. The papers are equally weighted with each worth 33% of the total marks available.
Each exam consists of multiple choice, short answer, applied, and essay type questions.
The course provides a variety of transferable skills such as report writing, independent research, and can be of benefit to anyone wishing to pursue a career which involves working with people i.e. teaching.
Psychology can lead to a wide range of professions including: counselling, sport psychology, child psychology, occupational psychology, forensic psychology, ,recruitment, environmental psychology, advertising, clinical psychology, educational psychology, animal psychology and many more.