Why study psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of (mostly) human behaviour. If you have ever been interested in what motivates people to behave in strange ways or wondered why people act the way in which they do, you are an amateur psychologist and this course is ideal for you.

Psychologists aim to take this curiosity and measure behaviour in a way that is measurable, testable and predictable.

If you study psychology you will hone your analytical and organisational skills together with learning about scientific research methods, including collecting and working with data.

Learning about human behaviour can also help to build your communication skills and improve your teamwork and leadership skills.

What will I learn?

There are two main modules covered on the course, each with a number of topics to study:

Cognition and behaviour:

  • memory
  • perception
  • development
  • research methods

Social context and behaviour:

  • social influence
  • language, thought and communication
  • brain and neuropsychology
  • psychological problems

How will I be assessed?

  • Examinations

Future pathways and careers

  • Psychology can be continued at A level at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre
  • Neuropsychology
  • Careers in education
  • Sports psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Forensic or criminal psychology
  • Clinical and counselling work

Examination board


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