Psychology

A Level

Psychology

A Level

The study of Psychology is focused upon understanding the thoughts and behaviours of individuals. The subject covers a wide range of topics and there are areas of interest to suit everybody. It investigates why people behave in particular ways and provides opportunities for students to conduct their own investigation into human behaviour. Students learn how people’s behaviour is affected by those around them, how the memory works, and how early childhood affects behaviour. There are also units focusing on the application of psychological theory to key areas such as criminal behaviour, mental disorders and gender development.

Course Outlines

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language with Grade 4 in GCSE Science and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

Three external examination papers which are equally weighted.

Course Units

Unit 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology

• Social influence

• Attachment

• Memory

• Psychopathology

Unit 2 – Psychology In Context

• Approaches

• Bio Psychology

• Research Methods

Unit 3 – Issues and Options In Psychology 

• Issues, Debates and Approaches

• Gender

• Schizophrenia

• Forensics

 

Future Opportunities

Psychology is life, life is psychology. Studying psychology gives you many skills which are applicable to a wide range of subjects and careers.. Some of our student have gone on to specialise in Psychology and its various areas at university such as criminology. Others have pursued careers with the police, within the education sector and the nursing profession.

Further Information

Psychology is a science where good essay writing skills combined with the ability to handle data and understand statistics are essential for success. Students need to be able to understand concepts and apply this knowledge in exams.

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