LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL TIME, SIXTH FORM
If you are interested in researching why people and animals behave in the way they do, then this could the subject for you. Psychology combines both the scientific and theoretical study of the mind and behaviour. The psychological theories and knowledge you will learn are based on relevant, accurate research and form the basis for understanding our lives.
You will develop the following skills: evaluation, critical thinking, data analysis and interpretation and the application of knowledge to everyday life.
The compliments a range of subjects, in many courses you will cover a psychological module, for example; PE, Business Studies and Biology. History and English also work well with Psychology due to the essay skills developed.
We aim to contextualise the study of Psychology through our subject enrichment. We offer visits such as ‘Life Behind Bars’ and have hosted guest speakers who work in a range of contexts including Forensics & Sport Psychology.
By studying Psychology at university, there are a number of potential careers including:
- Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Public Services (e.g. Police)
- Sports Psychology
You will critically engage with a range of psychological theories and concepts from a broad curriculum including Psychopathology, Social, Cognitive, Developmental & Physiological Psychology.
There is also a large emphasis on the methodology of Psychology, looking at the ways Psychologists conduct their research. You will progress to extend this knowledge and cover a further three areas in depth: Aggression, Relationships and Schizophrenia.
On this course you will study the following topics:
- Approaches in Psychology
- Social Influence
- Cognitive Psychology
- Research Methods
Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature. Grade 5 in Science (Double) or in Biology.
Is Psychology a Science?
Yes, Psychology is a Science A Level.
How long are the exams?
There are 3 exams at the end of 2 years and each exam is 2 hours long.
Is there any coursework?
There is no formally assessed coursework however students are encouraged to carry out practical work to support the development of your research methods and collection skills.
I chose Psychology because I was reading about it and found it really interesting. I’ve really enjoyed the learning theories module because it gives me lots of answers about the way people behave. I think that it’s important that I’m interested and enjoy Psychology as it motivates me to do well in it. I have also made lots of new friends in Psychology who are very supportive and helpful if I don’t understand something, similarly the teachers are very supportive and give extra help if they feel you need it.
Kristian West, Psychology student