Psychology is one of the Social Sciences and is the study of human behaviour and experience. It is about studying people and why we think and behave in the way that we do and how we develop.
The first year offers a broad range of topics including a study of stress, abnormality and how others influence our behaviour. There is also a research component which examines the methods Psychologists use to study human behaviour.
In year two, there are a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches which engages students with issues and debates within contemporary psychology. The topics include an examination of relationships, aggression, gender, psychology of the mass media, psycho pathology, eating behaviour and schizophrenia as well as a research unit.
5 GCSEs at A* - C. Must include English Language, Mathematics and Double Science (or Core and Additional Science). Attendance at an A Level information event.
Examinations at the end of the first year for AS level and second year for A level.
Most A Level students go on to university where Psychology has become a very popular subject with strong links to the other social sciences. As it is also considered a science many students opt for Psychology as a third or fourth science in preparation for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Forensic Science and Sport Science.
It is beneficial in careers which involve working with people where an insight into understanding why people behave the way they do is useful. Psychology is also an essential part of some teacher training.
Some students progress to study Law or Criminology.
Will this subject suit me?
This A Level is designed to develop skills of analysis and evaluation through an examination of arguments and evidence put forward by psychologists. You are expected to be interested in human behaviour and the world you live in. The ideal student would enjoy discussion, reading new ideas and challenging assumptions.
Good numeracy skills are required due to the science/mathematical nature of the subject.
Personal study time:
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well.