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Psychology

AQA

Course overview

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences our behaviour, from communication and memory to thought and emotion. It's about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today.

You will study memory, abnormal behaviour, social influence, forensic psychology and the formation of relationships. This A Level can be combined with a range of arts and science subjects and students selecting this course should have gained at least Grade 6 in GCSE mathematics, as you will be expected to conduct statistical tests on data gathered in order to learn the conventions of reporting psychological investigations.

A qualification in psychology can lead to a diverse range of careers in both the public and private sectors, such as medicine, educational and clinical psychology, teaching, management, advertising, market research, public relations, and occupational health.

Course content

  • Introductory Topics in Psychology – Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathy
  • Psychology in Context – Approached, Research Methods with Biopsychology
  • Issues and Options in Psychology – Schizophrenia, Forensic and Relationships

Careers

If you choose to study Psychology at University, you can specialize in a specific area of Psychology. The skills gained through the study of Psychology, and especially your greater understanding of people, also opens up lots of unrelated career choices to you, in sectors as diverse as Law and Marketing.

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