Careers In Psychology

Clinical Psychology. Working for the NHS or privately, Clinical Psycologists help individuals and their families cope with, and overcome a variety of difficulties e.g. handicaps, brain damage, phobias, problems with reading and writing.

Criminologists, Legal Psychologists. Work with prisoners, police and probation officers to work out ways to prevent and solve crimes.

Educational and Child Psychologists. Employed by local educational authorities. Mainly concerned with difficult behaviour and underachievement.

Occupational Psychologists. Work with people as worker - What they like, dislike, how best they work. They are concerned with creating a working environment that will maximise creativity.

Research, training, journalism, personal work are more general career options.

Edexcel GCSE Psychology

Is this the right subject for me?

If you enjoy:

• understanding why people behave the way they do

• developing your ability to think scientifically

• learning about the treatments and therapies used to help people

• finding out what psychologists do

then the GCSE Psychology course is the subject for you.

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

The good news is that this will be a new subject for you so you will not have to have any prior knowledge of psychology.

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour and, through your own experiences, you will already have an understanding of how individuals and groups function.

What will I learn?

You will be looking at answers to the following five topics:

1. How do we see our world?

2. Is dreaming meaningful?

3. Do TV and video games affect young people's behaviour?

4. Why do we have phobias?

5. Are criminals born or made?

Within these five topics you will look at:

• how illusions work, how we see things and whether aggression and antisocial behaviour comes from our

  biology (for example genes and hormones) or our upbringing

• the work of forensic, clinical and educational psychologists, as well as psychoanalysts

• issues such as how reliable eyewitness testimony is and how someone's race or accent can affect how they

  are judged by a jury

• the methods used in psychology, as well as ethics and wider issues such as nature-nurture.

How will I be assessed?

There are two exams at the summer of the second year which include

some multiple-choice questions,

some short-answer questions and

some extended writing

There will be case studies with questions and you need to give answers about what happened in the study and the possible problems with it.

You will be asked to use your understanding of psychology, such as commenting on a dream or comparing two different explanations of aggression.

Link to A Level Course Information

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