Key Stage 5
A Level Psychology is a good choice for anyone interested in trying to understand human behaviour. It is a popular course with a strongly scientific approach to exploring the social and cultural variations of individual behaviour. It covers psychological theories and perspectives, research, terminology, concepts and methods.
You will develop skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and application. Familiar real-world themes, issues and debates will be assessed from various psychological viewpoints and students will develop an understanding of the ethical issues and research methods used in psychological investigation.
The emphasis will be on Psychology as a science throughout the course and the application of theories and findings in real life. There is more science in this course than you might expect. Lessons are a vibrant mixture of debate, discussion, clips and group work. You will be required to do reading and preparing before lessons. They are fast-paced and content-heavy and will require good concentration and hard work.
Key Stage 5
In Year 12, the course covers a good breath of the many topics that could be explored; the six main topics covered will be Social Psychology, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches and Research Methods.
In Year 13, we will look at more specific content in depth, there are 3 sections that are compulsory; Research methods, Biopsychology and Issues and Debates. Three further topics are then selected, currently Schizophrenia, Relationships and Forensic Psychology.
- Examination: Introductory Topics in Psychology – 2 hours, 33.3% of final qualification
- Examination: Psychology in Context – 2 hours, 33.3% of final qualification
- Examination: Issues and Options in Psychology – 2 hours, 33.3% of final qualification
Many students go on to study Psychology at University after thoroughly enjoying this demanding, but stimulating, course. Psychological knowledge and skills are well received by employers as it enhances interpersonal and communication skills.
Studying psychology at A Level could lead to careers including forensics, education, counselling, the prison service, the health sector, sport and exercise, advising businesses, teaching, further research and many more.
Ms S Reynolds – Head of Psychology
Mrs C Landeg – Psychology and maths teacher