Psychology A-Level

Why study psychology?

Psychology is the science of the mind. Psychologists study human behaviour and use this as a clue to the workings of the mind. Are you interested in knowing how memory works? How attachment to a primary care giver can affect a child’s personality? How stress affects the body? Why humans conform, and obey authority figures? What makes a person attractive to you, but not to someone else? What effect the media has on society? Would you like to discover more about eating disorders, depression, schizophrenia, phobias, addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder? If yes, then psychology is the subject for you!

What will I be learning about?

You will complete modules on a range of psychological topics including cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods, biological psychology, social psychology, individual differences, psychopathology and psychology in action.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is entirely through essay-based examinations, with a mixture of essay and short answer style questions.

Where will this lead?

The psychology A-Level acts as a stepping stone onto a psychology degree at university, and can lead into a related career such as clinical or educational psychologist. In addition, an A-Level in psychology will provide you with a range of transferable skills that both universities and employers will be interested in such as oral and written communication, forming reasoned arguments, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research.

Why study psychology?

Psychology is the science of the mind. Psychologists study human behaviour and use this as a clue to the workings of the mind. Are you interested in knowing how memory works? How attachment to a primary care giver can affect a child’s personality? How stress affects the body? Why humans conform, and obey authority figures? What makes a person attractive to you, but not to someone else? What effect the media has on society? Would you like to discover more about eating disorders, depression, schizophrenia, phobias, addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder? If yes, then psychology is the subject for you!

What are the entry requirements?

Eight grade 9-4 at GCSE level including science and a minimum level 5 in English.