Why study A Level Psychology? 

The study of Psychology will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of people as it is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Psychology covers a range of subjects from the importance of attachment in infancy to memory and how psychologists use research to help police in their ability to interview eye witnesses, a range of psychological disorders and offender profiling and dealing with offending behaviour. It is a subject that can be applied to all aspects of life.

How will I be assessed?

Multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions, testing understanding and written expression. At least 10% of the A Level marks will require mathematical skills at least at higher tier GCSE level.

Prerequisites

Psychology is a scientific discipline, so two Grade 6s in Science at GCSE is expected (Biology being the most relevant science). Statistics and other mathematical skills are an integral part of Psychology, so a minimum Grade 5 in Maths GCSE should be achieved. Also a Grade 5 in English at GCSE is expected as good written communication skills are required for extended writing questions.

What skills will I gain from studying Psychology?

You will acquire transferable skills such as the ability to write effectively at length, apply knowledge, analyse data, and evaluate theories and research. You will become familiar with the rigour of the scientific process and statistical analysis.

Where can Psychology lead?

A Level Psychology is very good preparation for academic work. As the focus is on developing an understanding of people, it equips students for careers in a variety of occupations. Occupations include various careers in Psychology, Research, Teaching, Medicine, the Police, Counselling, Sport, PR etc.

Additional Comment

Psychology combines well with many other subjects including Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Philosophy and Ethics both at A Level and degree level.

What will I study?

A Level  Course Content

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology

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