Psychology

Why study the subject?

Psychology is a fascinating subject that can be taken by any student, whether they will continue to study it at Higher Education or not. It complements several other A Level subjects, such as Biology, Philosophy and Ethics, Health and Social Care, Sports Studies, Economics and Geography.

Psychology is very popular and with good reason. Almost any aspect of life can be studied within Psychology. Classes involve a variety of learning activities from group discussion to carrying out research. The new A Level puts Psychology among the other sciences, such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Course Content

Year 12:

Topics of study will include:
● Social Influence
● Memory
● Attachment
● Approaches in Psychology
● Psychopathology
● Abnormality and disorders
● Research Methods

Year 13:

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (Exam)
● Social Influence
● Memory
● Attachment

Paper 2: Psychology in Context (Exam)
● Approaches in Psychology
● Biopsychology
● Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology (Exam)
● Issues and Debates
● Gender and culture differences.

Students then study three from the following:
● Relationships, Gender, Cognitive Development
● Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress
● Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction

 

Careers/Higher Education:

Oxford University classes Psychology as a science subject and it is one of the recommended subjects to study at A Level for those wishing to study Psychology at degree level. Psychology A Level is considered as a science subject by the Russell Group of Universities.

Medicine and dentistry courses accept Psychology A Level. All universities consider the A Level to be good preparation for a degree in Psychology. Many of our students have studied Psychology at degree level, gaining First Class Honours degrees and gone on to study at PhD level.

Others have studied Psychiatry, Medicine, Teaching, Economics and Law. Others have gained positions in Coaching, Management, Banking and Physiotherapy.