Psychology A Level

Psychology A Level

Psychology A Level

Course outline:

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. It offers a unique educational experience that develops a distinctive and broad set of skills. The course is designed to prepare students by providing a foundation for the study of psychology or related courses in Higher education, or for those intending to pursue careers or further study in social sciences, or general education.

Students will be introduced to key themes explored through pieces of classic and contemporary research. Examples of key themes include; how we respond to people in authority, external influences on children’s behaviour, understanding disorders, lying and truth telling and understanding disorders and regions of the brain as well as how the brain can change in response to the environment.. There is a strong emphasis on research methods and statistical analysis throughout the course. You will plan, conduct, analyse and report several pieces of practical research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.

In the second year, you will have the opportunity to explore a choice of topics including child psychology, criminal behaviour, environmental psychology and sport and exercise psychology. Issues in mental health is a key part of the course; you will explore issues in defining abnormality, study the medical model and its alternatives, and look at applications such as methods of treatment.

Psychology is one of the most diverse disciplines. You will have the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging set of skills including, effective communication, interpreting and critically assessing scientific data, researching and critically evaluating a range of sources. If you decide to study psychology, you will learn more about yourself and understand others better.

People who study psychology make many different career choices. An understanding of psychology is useful in any job where you are working with people or animals.

Examination Units:

Paper 1 – Research methods
Paper 2 – Psychological themes through core studies
Paper 3 – Applied psychology

Key Facts:

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    Examination Board


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    Two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    Five GCSEs at Grades 4 – 9, to include either Maths, Science or English at Grade 5 or above

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    Possible combinations:

    • With any A-Level subjects, including Sociology, Applied Science and Criminology
    • BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    • Outside speakers
    • Various conferences and trips which, in the past, have included the Freud Museum and the Science Museum

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    Skills developed:

    • Analysis
    • Applying psychological methods
    • Management of individual projects
    • Oral and written discussion
    • Reading and researching
    • Report-writing
    • Using statistics

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    • Higher Education for degree courses in this or other subjects
    • To a range of careers involving people

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    Assessment summary:

    100% examinations

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