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Subject Area: Social Sciences
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: OCR
Syllabus No:

What do I need to study this course?

You will need GCSEs at grade 4 or above and English Language and Maths.

What will I study?

Component 1: Research Methods – this component is intended to introduce and develop a knowledge and understanding of the process of planning, conducting, analysing and reporting  psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.

Component 2: Psychological themes through Core Studies – this component focuses on some of the central areas of investigation in Psychology. For each key theme, students are presented with both a classic and a contemporary study.

Component 3: Applied Psychology

Compulsory Section: Issues in Mental Health

Options: two options from a choice of four (chosen by the department): Child Psychology, Criminal Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology. Methodological Issues and Debates will run throughout the component including nature/nurture, freewill/determinism, reductionism/holism, individual/situational explanations, usefulness of research, ethical considerations, conducting socially sensitive research and psychology as a science.

You will study various psychological theories that help to shed light on the reasons why we think and behave in the way that we do. The AS course gives a thorough grounding in psychological research and helps you to understand what psychologists do. You will conduct at least four different types of psychological investigation. You will also explore various themes in Psychology, through a number of landmark studies, and the impact they have had on the world we live in today.

What next?

Psychology can lead to many careers such as clinical psychology, counselling, educational psychology, forensic psychology and occupational psychology. It is useful for any career involving people, and it is studied as part of other university courses, such as Education, Sport Studies, Business Studies, Medicine, Nursing, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Media Studies.