LEVEL 3: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour.
You will critically engage with a range of psychological theories and concepts including psychopathology, social, memory, attachment, and biopsychology, all underpinned by the study of research methods.
There is a large emphasis on methodology, looking at the ways Psychologists conduct their research. You will also cover three areas in depth; aggression, relationships and schizophrenia.
You do not need to have studied Psychology before, this course builds on skills developed in the Sciences and Humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.
Psychology develops a range of transferable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills.
You will study the following topics:
- Approaches in Psychology
- Social Influence
- Research Methods
- Issues and Debates in Psychology.
As a minimum, you will need (or equivalent to);
- GCSE Mathematics grade 4
- GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4
- a GCSE in Combined Science at grade 5 or one of the Core Sciences at grade 5 (recommended Biology)
- plus two more GCSEs at grade 4.
There are three exams, each one is two hours in duration.
They consist of a range of question types including essay, extended writing, application, multiple choice and designing a study.
Psychology enables you to develop skills and interests in many areas providing a range of progression routes.
Our students have progressed into career fields such as Medicine, Social Care, Business, Teaching and Psychology.
Psychology is classified as a Science A Level and combines well with STEM, Medicine, and Humanities subjects.
Is Psychology a Science?
Yes, it is the scientific study of how humans think and behave.
Understanding the methods Psychologists use to study behaviour is a core part of the course.
If you study Psychology at degree level you will gain a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.
Are there a lot of statistics in Psychology?
You will need to understand which statistical test to use to analyse your data and be able to interpret the results, however, you will be taught how to do this throughout the course and supported as you learn this skill.
What opportunities are available beyond class?
Huish offers many Psychology-related EnRICH opportunities.
Students have benefited from observing brain dissections, they have learnt how to lead happier lives through understanding positive psychology, and have taken part in a criminal profiling session, understanding the role of a forensic psychologist.