Psychology is the fascinating scientific study of the 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 trying to explain behaviour. These include learning, cognitive and biological approaches in A Level Year 1 and AS, 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.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.
Subject Specific Requirements
Two Science GCSEs at Grade 4 or above. A Grade 5 or above in Biology.
What will I do?
Course modules over the two years include:
- Social influence;
- Approaches in Psychology;
- Research methods;
- Issues and debates in Psychology;
- Cognitive development.
What careers would this be suitable for?
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:
- Forensic Science;
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.