Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. It is concerned with how and why people think and behave in the way they do.
Initially, you will study the main approaches in psychology, and biopsychology in particular, to gain a grounded foundation in the subject from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of behaviour. You will also study memory, attachment, social influence, psychopathology and research methods in the First Year. A series of short and manageable practical experiments and tests accompany the areas of the syllabus and allow students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology. In the Second Year students develop their understanding of psychology, its uses and scientific methodology through selection of a choice of applications including forensic psychology, schizophrenia and cognitive development. Within these, students will carry out a range of practicals and small class tests.
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The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (A*-C), including English Language and Mathematics.
Year One: Compulsory content
Initially, you will study the main approaches in psychology to gain a grounded foundation in the subject and develop a holistic understanding of psychology, from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of behaviour, inferential statistics and major debates. We then study research methods, social influence, memory and attachment.
A series of short and manageable practical experiments and tests accompany the course and allow students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology
Year Two: Applications and Topics in Psychology
Students develop their understanding of Psychology, its uses and scientific methodology through selection of a choice of applications and topics including Psychology of addiction, Forensic psychology, Schizophrenia, Cognitive-development and issue and debates in psychology. Within these, students will carry out a range of activities including scientific practicals, group presentations and class debates.
All of our lecturers are leading subject and industry professionals.
We use digital innovation in delivering teaching and learning. On the Havant Campus, Google for Education technology is embedded throughout the College curriculum, equipping you with skills in industry-recognised cloud-based applications for your onward career journey.
You will have opportunities to attend national workshops and residential study conferences at various universities. You could also visit Auschwitz to reinforce your learning about destructive obedience in your First Year after studying social influence; we are also plan visits to Marwell Zoo to gain first-hand experience of specific phobias such as arachnophobia and regularly invite leading experts and academics to give talks.
There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.Lee Backhouse, BTEC student
Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.Conor Ward, BTEC student
The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.Jodie Hook
The skills and knowledge of Psychology are relevant to any career involving contact with other people. Whatever your career path from medicine to law, from counselling to business, from sport to teaching, Psychology provides you with an excellent foundation and many transferable skills.
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