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Brief introduction to subject:
Students should expect to be set two pieces of written work each week. They are also expected to read through their study notes to consolidate understanding of the work covered in the classroom. Wider reading of articles/novels relating to psychological issues is encouraged; there are many interesting books and ﬁlms relating to psychology.
As Psychology is a science it deals with factual information relating to studies and theories of human behaviour. There is a reliance on scientiﬁc thinking and much research evidence has to be remembered. Usefully a section of the course also deals with remembering and forgetting!
Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. Year 1 of the popular Psychology course provides a broad introduction to the subject and students find that they can apply their knowledge to everyday life. Psychology enables development of essay and research skills; practical activities are an integral part of the course. These skills are transferable and support other subject areas. Students learn to use critical analysis to argue a particular point of view with evidence. Year 2 of the course builds on the skills acquired in Year 1 to explore new topic areas in greater depth.
Year 12: Introductory topics in Psychology - Psychology in Context
Year 13: Issues and Options in Psychology
There is no coursework component for this course but you are expected to complete research projects throughout the course.
Learning activities throughout the course are designed to build on your analytical skills whilst broadening your knowledge on the human mind.
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Paper 1 33.3% Compulsory topics in Psychology Written exam: 2 hours Paper 2 33.3% Psychology in context Written exam: 2 hours Paper 3 33.3% Issues and options in Psychology Written exam: 2 hours
Introductory topics in Psychology Attachment Memory Social Influence Psychopathology
Psychology in Context Approaches in Psychology Biopsychology Research Methods
Issues and Options in Psychology Relationships Aggression Eating behaviour Issues and Debates in Psychology
Though it is not essential for entry to a degree course, the majority of Psychology undergraduates have studied Psychology at A level. Following a British Psychological Society BPS accredited course of study there are a number of postgraduate qualifications that lead to Chartered status; among these are Clinical, Educational and Occupational Psychology. The BPS website is an invaluable source of information about careers in Psychology, www.bps.org.uk. In addition, it is a particularly useful subject for careers such as Medicine, Teaching, Personnel and any others that involve working closely with people.