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Students who wish to take AS or A level Psychology do not have to have studied the GCSE course at Key Stage 4. As long as students are confident in their ability to express their own views, are effective and precise writers in English and are proficient in using a range of scientific and mathematical procedures, success at Psychology A level is likely. For these reasons a good grade in IGCSE (or equivalent) First Language English, Biology and Mathematics is recommended.

Students follow the Edexcel course focusing on four of the main Approaches in Psychology: Social, Cognitive, Behavioural and Biological. Within each Approach specific theories and studies are examined and evaluated, then applied to real world examples. A wide range of topics, such as the reasons for obedience, how to improve one’s memory and factors affecting autism, is considered through the different Approaches.

There is a strong emphasis on understanding and evaluating the methodological tools used in psychological research. Students carry out a number of practicals during the course, learning to plan, analyse and evaluate surveys, experiments and observations.