Psychology

Why should I study Psychology?

Why should I study this subject?

Ever wondered if the experiences you had before the age of five really do shape the person you are today or why some people conform? Psychology explores a wide range of approaches to explain human behaviour and how our mind works from a scientific and research based perspective.

The course will look at topics such as the interaction between infants and their caregivers, the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, and will introduce you to psychological disorders such as depression. You will also acquire an understanding of scientific processes and techniques of data handling and analysis. You will develop valuable study skills in addition to a broad base of knowledge spanning one of the most interesting and varied courses available

What will I study?

Social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in Psychology, biopsychology, psychopathology and research methods. Issues and debates in Psychology and one topic from each of the following options:

Option one – Either relationships or Gender or cognition and development

Option two – Either schizophrenia or eating behaviour or stress

Option three – Either aggression or forensic psychology or Addiction

What are the entry requirements?

Level 5 Maths and B in Science with a minimum average GCSE point score of 4.

What skills do I need?

An ability to think critically and to evaluate scientific theories and research;

To be able to express, fluently, your knowledge and understanding through structured written work- to have the ability to learn and revise lots of new content;

To be able to analyse and interpret statistical data.

How will I be taught?

Each Psychology class will be taught using a variety of methods including formal teaching, flipped learning, pair and group work, revision tests and practice exam questions. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to plan and conduct scientific investigations to develop your understanding of psychological research.

How will I be assessed?

Three exams at the end of year 2 (A-Level). Each exam lasts 2 hours and is worth 96 marks. Exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.

What will the course prepare me for?

Psychology can help your career either directly or indirectly. If you wish to become a psychologist, therapist or mental health worker this A-Level is of direct value. Other careers where an A-Level in psychology is relevant are nursing, teaching, marketing, the police and social work. This A-Level can prepare you for an exciting future with the possibility of a range of fantastic careers.

How much private study should I expect to do?

As an approximate guideline you need to spend 4 hours per week, outside of the classroom, on Psychology study.

What materials will I need to purchase?

A ringbinder, file paper, pens and highlighter pens.

What is the exam board?

AQA

This subject is for you if
you have an interest in science and research, you want to understand and critically evaluate human behaviour and can learn and memorise lots of new information in depth. 

This subject is not for you if
you struggle to revise and learn lots of new information, you have no interest in science and you struggle to cope with exams.