Psychology

Psychology is the fascinating scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour. Research in Psychology seeks to understand and explain how we think, act and feel. It is about what makes people unique and interesting and why they behave as they do.

Because human behaviour is complicated, Psychology has used a number of different approaches to try and explain behaviour. These include learning, cognitive and biological approaches in A Level Year 1, with psychodynamic and humanistic approaches added for the A Level Year 2. Knowledge of these approaches provides an essential background to the explanations and theories you will be studying throughout the course.

During the course, you will develop the ability to analyse and evaluate psychological theories, concepts, studies and findings. This will involve what we call methodological evaluation of studies to determine whether the findings are valuable. It is therefore essential that you are confident with science-based subjects, as well as English language to help you with extended pieces of writing. As research methods are a large part of A Level Psychology, you also need be competent in Mathematics.

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. Science GCSE at Grade 6 or above is also required. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Course Overview

On This Course You Will Study

Course modules over the two years include:

  • Social influence;
  • Memory;
  • Attachment;
  • Approaches in Psychology;
  • Psychopathology;
  • Research methods;
  • Biopsychology;
  • Issues and debates in Psychology;
  • Schizophrenia;
  • Aggression;
  • Cognitive development.

This course comprises 100% exam assessment.

Progression & Careers

Psychology teaches you invaluable skills which are respected by both universities and employers. The skills of communication, evaluation, research and data-analysis developed during the A Level course are transferable to a variety of degree courses at university; for example:

  • Psychology;
  • Criminology;
  • Law;
  • Forensic Science;
  • Sociology;
  • Medicine;
  • Anthropology.

Psychology can also provide a route into a wide range of professions, including Sports Therapy, Teaching, Human Resources, Counselling, Health related careers and Social Work.

Where Can I find out more?

Point of contact:

Natasha Martin

Teacher of Religious Studies and Psychology

Contact Natasha Martin who looks after this Psychology course on:

Psychology