Psychology A Level

Departmental contact

Miss Clark – clark.e@myton.co.uk

Examining board & Qualification

AQA – A LEVEL

Entry requirements

At least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language PLUS a grade 5 in GCSE Maths or a grade 5 in Combined or Triple Science

Students say

“I have found it really interesting finding out why people do what they do and why they are who they are.”

“I am really pleased that I have chosen to study Psychology. It has given me a broad understanding of key psychological approaches and methodologies. I have enjoyed it so much that I have decided to study it at university!”

WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT?

Want to learn about the human mind? You’ve come to the right place!

Psychology is the study of people, the mind and behaviour. Why do people react to certain things in different ways? Are we all capable of murder? What can make people happy or sad, and how can we use that in the modern world?

Studying Psychology at A Level gives you a good basic knowledge and provides an insight into what it might be like to be a professional psychologist.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

By the end of the course, you should have developed a critical approach to scientific methods and evidence, and a knowledge and understanding of how psychology works and its role in society.

You will also develop the following skills: effective oral and written communication, the ability to understand, analyse and use data, the ability to make critical evaluations, organisational skills and effective teamwork.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The topics covered are:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods
  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will sit three, two-hour papers in the summer of Year 13.

WHAT ARE MY POST-18 OPTIONS?

Even if you decide to work in a non-psychology related field, the skills and knowledge that you develop studying Psychology will be helpful. It is a good way of keeping your options open. An increasing number of careers involve psychology such as teaching, human resources, sports, manufacturing and advertising. The entry requirements for accredited Psychology degree courses vary from one institution to another but studying Psychology at A Level is useful preparation.

WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

Students in the past have had the opportunity to attend a conference at Warwick University to listen to psychologists talk about their work. We also invite in psychologists so that students can hear what it is like to work in the field.

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