PSYCHOLOGY

LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 98% IN 2018

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.

Students will develop the following skills: evaluation, critical thinking, data analysis and interpretation and the application of knowledge to everyday life.

The course works well and compliments a range of A Levels, 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
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Nursing
  • Public Services (e.g. Police)
  • Counselling
  • Sports Psychology

“I have always been intrigued about learning about the mind! It’s something I was totally clueless about, but it seemed very interesting to me as it does to many, and now I find myself using what I learnt in Psychology all the time in everyday life.”

Psychology A Level Student

 

If you choose to study this course you will look at psychological studies and theories covering social, cognitive development, physiological and psychopathology 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
  • Stress

Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics and English Language.

Recommended Grade 5 in Science/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.