Psychology

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

You enjoy the ‘scientific study of human behaviour and experiences’.

You have an inquisitive, enquiring mind and are interested in people.

You enjoy reading, writing, independent research and analysis and interpretation and presentation of data using statistics.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Year 1 (AS) – a number of psychological themes including topics on memory, disorders (eg. autism) and functions of the brain. Also, the research methods used by psychologists and interpreting research using statistics.

Year 2 (A-Level) – the application of psychological knowledge in areas of mental health, crime and the environment: What is schizophrenia and how is it treated? Why do people commit crime? How does building design affect our behaviour?

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

AS – two exams

A-Level – three two-hour exams

 

PROGRESSION

Studying Psychology can lead to a number of specific careers, ranging from Clinical Psychology (working with people with mental health problems) to Forensic Psychology (applying research to crime). There are also many other careers and jobs that a knowledge of Psychology would be useful for, such as social work, marketing and teaching. Many opportunities in research are also available.