WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY?
Psychology is a scientific study of the brain, mind and behaviour. It focuses on what people feel, think and perceive, as well as why they behave the way they do. Psychology as a science is directly relevant to our daily life. Studying A-level Psychology will help students learn how to complete their work independently and carry out research investigations. It also develops critical thinking skills, scientific mind-set, curiosity and creativity.
THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology provides a useful foundation for many jobs, however it is particularly valuable for those students considering a career in: education, teaching, research, philosophy of science, evolutionary research, neuropsychology, tests and assessments, cognitive neuroscience, criminology, psychiatry (medicine), elderly care, sport management, workplace productivity, ergonomics, counselling and psychotherapy, social work, human resource management, consumer research, advertising and more.
DOES PSYCHOLOGY MATCH WITH OTHER SUBJECTS?
Due to scientific nature of the course, we recommend that students have a reasonable grasp of Maths, English and Science. Psychology blends in well with most other A-level subjects including English and Maths, natural sciences Biology and Chemistry, as well as other social sciences, e.g. Sociology, History and Politics.
KEY STAGE 5
Minimum entry requirements from GCSE:
English – grade 5, Maths – 5 grade and Science – grade 5.
Psychology is a part of Social Sciences Department and lessons are taught mainly in rooms 6/7 and 6/6. There are a number of resources in the Library and on FireFly (VLE) to help students with their studies. Try looking through Y12 and Y13 textbooks to give yourself a flavour of the course. You can also refer to the subject specification, learning materials and other useful information by visiting the AQA exam board’s web site under this link:
Year 12 topics
Paper 1 and Paper 2 are assessed by two written examinations. These are part of internal exams.
PAPER 1 – 96 marks
1. Social Influence
4. Psychopathology (Abnormality)
PAPER 2 – 96 marks
5. Approaches in Psychology
6. Research Methods
PAPER 3 - 96 marks
8. Issues and Debates