What do we Study?
A Level Psychology is a very popular subject which links to both the natural and social sciences. It is a diverse subject that enables students to gain insight into the human mind and behaviour. Students will study psychological theories, concepts and research. They will develop the ability to identify ethical issues and use a range of research methods to investigate psychological issues. A Level Psychology provides training in critical analysis, reasoning and the ability to carry out experimental research. It is among a small group of subjects which is accepted by the elite Russell Group of universities. Studying psychology can lead to a wide variety of professions including business related careers, the legal profession and health services, counselling, clinical, forensic, and educational and child psychology.
Paper One – Introductory topics in psychology
Section A – Social Influence Section B – Memory Section C – Attachment Section D - Psychopathology
Paper Two - Psychology in Context
A – Approaches in Psychology Section B – Biopsychology Section C – Research Methods
Paper Three – Issues and Options in Psychology
Section A – Issues and Debates in Psychology Section B – Relationships Section C – Schizophrenia Section D – Aggression
Method of Assessment
The A Level will be assessed over three papers at the end of the second year of teaching. Each paper is 2 hours long and worth 96 marks in total. Each paper is worth 33.3% of the final A Level mark. Questions will range from 1 to 16 marks and Maths comprises a minimum of 15% of the final grade. Throughout the course there will be opportunities for students to complete internal exam assessments in order to give both student and teacher a precise picture of progress throughout the course.
Where might this Lead
Psychology is good preparation for both humanities degrees (History, English, Politics, and PRE) and Science degrees. It provides students with a wide range of transferrable skills for careers in law, education, finance, government, journalism and many more. Psychology will develop your critical thinking and research skills. The ability to write succinctly and with clarity is positively encouraged.