Why study Psychology?
You are human – yet, chances are, you have learnt very little about the workings of the human mind – the organ that governs your every perception and sensation. Psychology focuses on the science of the mind, behaviour and experience. It looks at how individuals think, what they do and the way they are affected by their biological make-up and the wider social group. If you are fascinated by the idea of understanding the brain and if you want to grasp the complexities of human behaviour then A Level Psychology is for you.
In lessons, you may be exploring various areas to do with cognitive, behaviour, developmental and even biological psychology by focusing on issues such as memory, child and adult developmental stages, social behaviourism, abnormalities in behaviour, physiological responses and psychological research methods.
As you progress you will learn more about critical issues related to the mind, behaviour and thinking. By exploring the physiological and psychological explanations on specific issues such as: attachment, memory, relationships, aggression, psychological disorders and many more.
What can I expect?
Psychology will offer you a unique academic experience. You will need to be able to learn scientific information such as the aims, procedures and findings of studies but you will also need to be able to evaluate these theories critically and provide relevant evidence. Some answers require you to be concise but there are also longer essay based answers, thus again providing diverse experiences and useful transferable skills developed through the study of fascinating topics.
Lessons will offer different learning opportunities with teachers who are enthusiastic about the subject, with written work conducted alongside discussion and pair work, presentations, videos and practical (experiments).
Most importantly, Psychology gives you an opportunity to learn, understand and evaluate issues happening around you in your everyday life, which could then be applied to the wider world.
Where could it lead?
Psychology compliments all areas and subjects. Its focus is on human mind, behaviour and thinking and is attractive to all employment and areas of work involving human resources. The subject also instils skills in research, analysis, communication and organisation that go well beyond the value of the material covered. It is, of course, relevant to those interested in Psychology at degree level. As a university subject, Psychology is popular.
Graduates enter a wide range of employment sectors including; counselling, rehabilitation and social work.
How will I be assessed?
The A-level Psychology course is 100% examination based and consists of three examination papers:
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology written exam: 2 hours, include multiple choice, short answer and essay questions worth 96 marks.
- Section A: Social Influence (24 marks)
- Section B:Memory (24 marks)
- Section C: Attachment (24 marks)
- Section D: Psychopathology (24 marks)
Paper 2: Psychology in Context written exam: 2 hours, include multiple choice, short answer and essay questions worth 96 marks.
- Section A: Approaches in Psychology (24 marks)
- Section B: Biopsychology (24 marks)
- Section C: Research Methods (48 marks)
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology written exam: 2 hours, include multiple choice, short answer and essay questions worth 96 marks.
- Section A: Issues and debates in Psychology (24 marks)
- Section B: Relationships (24 marks)
- Section C: Schizophrenia (24 marks)
- Section D: Aggression (24 marks)
Any further questions?
Please see Miss Earle with any further queries about AS/A Level Psychology.
“It’s nice to make a fresh start on a subject not taken at GCSE level. Psychology is one of the most interesting subjects that I have ever studied.”
“It is extremely different to any other subject you’d take.”
“It’s interesting and the lessons are fun, it’s one of my favourite subjects.”