Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour; in particular how and why people behave in certain ways. It can provide theories and suggestions, as well as practical ways of explaining, understanding, and solutions for behaviour. If you are interested in human behaviour and why we are all different but also share similarities, then AS and A Level Psychology is for you.
This course would be taken as part of an A Level programme with subjects, such as Sociology and Law.
Year 1 modules include:
- Cognitive Psychology (memory, eye witness testimony)
- Developmental Psychology (early social development, attachment, and day care)
- Research Methods
- Biological Psychology (stress)
- Social Psychology (majority and minority influence, obedience and independent behaviour)
- Individual Differences (abnormality)
Year 1 is assessed via two exams in June.
Year 2 modules include:
- Unit 3: Topics in Psychology, including Aggression, Gender and Relationships, and Eating Behaviour
- Unit 4: Psychopathology (Depression), Psychology in Action (Media Psychology), and Research Methods.
Year 2 will be assessed via two exams in June.
You will get the opportunity to take part in small experiments to gain an understanding of psychological research. You will also gain skills in critical analysis, essay writing, and independent study during this course.
- At least a grade C in GCSE Science.
Students who have studied A Level Psychology often go on to Higher Education to study for degrees in Psychology, Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology, Media, Law, or other humanities-related courses.
Psychology is particularly relevant for careers that are people-based, such as human resources, advertising, business, social work, or politics.