Why study Psychology?
Psychology uses a wide variety of scientific methodology to study the mind and behaviour. The subject will develop your understanding of the real-world applications of research methods such as experiments and observations, as well as your ability to analyse data using mathematical techniques, such as statistical analysis. The topics studied vary greatly; ranging from Physiological Psychology which studies how our biology influences behaviour, to Social Influence which investigates the effects of peers or authority figures on behaviour. The breadth of the subject means that it combines well with a wide variety of AS and A Levels. There are clear links to areas of study in Biology, Health and Social Care, Sports Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, as well as connections to Media Studies, History and Geography.
What will I study?
At AS Level you will study six topics: Research Methods, Memory, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Attachment and Social Influence.
These will be assessed in two 1hr30 written examinations in the summer of the AS year.
At A-Level you will study the AS topics in greater detail as well as several completely new topics: Research Methods, Memory, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Attachment, Social Influence, Biopsychology, Issues and debates in Psychology
Three further topics are due to be selected from: Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology, Gender, Eating Behaviour, Addiction, Cognitive Development, Stress, Aggression
How will I be assessed?
If you choose to complete the AS level only then you will sit two exams at the end of your first year of the course. These exams are comprised of a combination of short-answer questions and longer essay style questions.
If you choose to complete the full A level only then you will sit three exams at the end of your second year of the course. These exams are comprised of a combination of short-answer questions and much longer essay style questions, which focus on your ability to evaluate and analyse.
Applicants must hold a grade C in GCSE English, Maths and Science. There are no subject-specific requirements for entry.
We encourage all students to purchase a textbook (likely cost £22) and offer a research-based day trip during each year of the course.