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 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.
To develop your knowledge of Psychology further, you will have the opportunity to join our enrichment which includes designing studies, watching films and documentaries related to psychology.
The course appeals to a diverse range of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. It builds on skills developed in the Sciences and Humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects. As well as acquiring knowledge, studying Psychology also develops a range of valuable transferable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills.
On this course you will study the following topics:
- Approaches in Psychology
- Social Influence
- Cognitive Psychology
- Research Methods
- Issues and Debates in Psychology
You will need (or equivalent to);
- GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
- GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
- a GCSE in one of the core Sciences grade 5 or above
- plus two more GCSEs grade 4/C or above
There are three, 2 hour examinations at the end of the course. They consist of a range of question types including essay, extended writing, application, multiple choice and design a study.
Studying Psychology enables you to develop skills and interests in many areas as well as facilitating other subjects providing a range of progression routes.
Psychology is classified as a Science A Level and combines well with STEM, Medicine and Humanities subjects. Students progress onto a range of careers including Medicine, Social Care, Business, Teaching and Psychology.
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.
Is there any coursework?
No, you will get opportunities to conduct your own research, but this does not count towards your final grade. However, it does prepare you well for your final exams.
Will I learn to read minds?
No but you will have a much better understanding of why people do certain behaviours and this will help develop your empathy for others.