A Level Psychology

“Why should I study Psychology?”

Psychology is not only a fascinating subject to study, it will equip you with a wide range of skills useful for future careers.  Students will gain a thorough knowledge of the scientific processes involved in psychological research as well as data analysis skills, numeracy, essay writing skills and critical thinking. Psychology is unlike any subject you have studied before, so students find it fascinating and are well-motivated to succeed.
Psychology goes well with most other subjects, particularly biology, English language, mathematics, business studies and sociology.
Psychology is useful in a wide variety of careers, especially if you want to work with people e.g. in medicine, education, business, sports, law and social work. Because psychology is a science, a good understanding of the scientific method, and a basic understanding of statistics are required to complete the course successfully.

“What will I study?”

Students will study the following topics in Year One: Social Influence, Memory, Attachments in Development, Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods. In Year Two, students will study Issues and Debates, Gender, Stress, and Forensic Psychology. Students will be assessed in the exam through a combination of multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing.
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to undertake practical research activities involving the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.