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Psychology will suit students who are interested in the complex scientific processes of the human mind and behaviour. Potential students must be committed to extensive textbook reading and competent with biology and maths. The course investigates causal factors behind behaviours including obedience, schizophrenia and criminal behaviour and explores the scientific methods (such as laboratory experiments) used to collect and analyse data about these behaviours. We then explore theories and supporting research studies. Students will need to describe, apply and critically evaluate these concepts, as well as developing skills in analysis to write coherent and extended essays.

In the first year you will study:
• COMPONENT 1: 5 different approaches to explain human behaviour (Positive, Behaviourist, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Biological)
• COMPONENT 2: Research methods and 2 x personal investigations

In the second year you will study:
• COMPONENT : Schizophrenia, Criminal behaviour, Stress plus 4 controversies / debates (Gender bias, Culture bias, ethics of using human participants, ethics of using non-human participants)

This course is taught through a variety of methods including lectures, group work, flipped learning and independent work. Teachers use Microsoft Teams to upload resources and students are expected to access this regularly and also submit some assessed work on Teams. Psychology requires prior academic reading before lessons to fully comprehend theory and research. In addition, your teacher and Progress coach will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice to support your learning.

Classroom activities will include:
• Lectures and powerpoint presentations
• Discussions and debates
• Note taking
• Using core textbooks
• Multiple choice tests
• Essay based assessments
• Eduqas past papers
• Interactive online quizzes & Kahoots
• Group work and research

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses – psychology can be found everywhere!

Former students of this college have gone on to study a variety of course at university; Psychology (whether that be pure psychology, applied or specified courses such as forensic, sport etc,) Mental Health Nursing, Business, Law, Drama – the list is endless!

5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)

Additional Requirements

5 in English Langauge
5 in Maths
5 or above in Biology and Chemistry/Physics (or 55 double award Science)

Not essential but it will help your success…

Commitment and enthusiasm for using data and research evidence to support the arguments for where specific human behaviours originate from. A good work ethic to extra reading and essay writing is essential.

Pairs well with other essay based subjects as well as sciences. You prefer to do a course based on final exams only.

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.


100% exam
3 exams, all equally weighted, at the end of the 2 year course.

Staff Contact Details

Laura Alcott

Adam Craddock-Wright

Sinead Mulholland

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