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 need to study this course
- a creative thought process
ability to analyse research and theories
- willingness to engage in independent learning
- enthusiasm for Psychology
- strong literacy and numeracy skills (ability to work with statistics)
- minimum GCSE grade 5 in Maths and 4 in English
What you will study
Year 1 (AS) – a number of psychological themes including topics on memory, disorders (e.g. 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 child development: What is schizophrenia and how is it treated? Why do people commit crime? How does advertising impact on young children?
How you will be assessed
AS – two exams
A-Level – three two-hour exams
You will have the chance to attend talks, lectures from visiting experts as well as conferences covering topics such as Forensic Psychology. Also various trips including Chester Zoo to hear talks on primate behaviour and undertake your own observational research.
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.