Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. The A Level course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of psychological theories, concepts, methodology, research and applications. You will develop your understanding of the different areas of Psychology, and develop your skills of analysis, interpretation, research and evaluation.
Psychologists are interested in understanding and explaining all aspects of the human mind and behaviour. They investigate, for example, personality, gender, how we learn, mental illness, social interaction, relationships, intelligence, dreaming, how the brain works, and prejudice. Psychology is also an applied subject. Psychologists apply their understanding of human behaviour to a range of situations. For example, forensic psychologists work within the criminal justice system to develop rehabilitation programmes for criminals, to help to reduce crime, to identify biases in the justice system and ways that it could be improved, and with the police in interviewing criminals and creating profiles of offenders. Clinical psychologists work with people suffering from mental health problems, seeking to gain a better understanding of a range of mental disorders and to develop effective treatments and therapies.
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