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This far-reaching and interesting course offers insight into the normal and abnormal aspects of the human mind. As a science, it is based on research and empirical evidence, and requires skills in analysing, reviewing and critiquing theories and research papers, as well as carrying out original research.

Psychology is often seen as a ‘bridge’ between the sciences and humanities.

The emphasis on research methods prepares you for pursuing research at university and beyond. If you are hoping to study Psychology at university it is useful (but not essential) also to study Biology, English or Maths A level.

Course content

  • Research Methods: planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.
  • Psychological themes through core studies: introduces some of the central areas of investigation in Psychology, organised in key themes (for example: external influences on children’s behaviour). Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study.
  • Applied Psychology: issues in mental health. Students will also study two out of the following applied options: Child psychology, Criminal psychology, Environmental psychology, Sports and exercise psychology.