Psychology is a very broad subject. Students study what makes humans behave the way they do, how humans develop and interact with other humans. A Psychology student should have a keen interest in the internal body mechanisms.
Psychology is classed as one of the science group of subjects and has the same assessment objectives as the other A-level sciences. These are set by government and the exams measure how well students have achieved them.
ave you ever wondered why as a society we obey authority figures or why terrible crimes are committed against humanity? Have you ever wondered what the causes of mental illness are or considered societies view of normal behaviour? Have you ever wondered how the human brain works and how memory is vitally important to all aspects of our life?
Have you ever wondered that people who give eyewitness testimony might be wrong? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then Psychology is for you. You will learn a great deal about human nature which you will find useful to your future life not only professionally but personally.
The full A-level consists of the following course components:
Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in
Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods.
The optional units in the Upper 6th are grouped as ‘Issues and Debates in Psychology’ and one section to study is taken from:
- Relationships; Gender; Cognition and Development
- Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour; Stress
- Aggression; Forensic Psychology; Addiction
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 including English and maths. If Psychology GCSE has been taken, a minimum of a grade B would be expected. Grade 6 in GCSE English is also required.
A Psychology degree would be the most common progression from A level Psychology
with many subjects that are studied at the same time such as Criminology and
Forensics. These are ideal preparation for people wishing to start a career in
the NHS, Prison Service, Business Sector or Education.
A Level Psychology is relevant to a number of degree pathways which, of course, include Psychology but also are favourable to degrees including, sociology, law, criminology, health and social care and mathematics. Psychology degrees can lead to many potential careers such as Educational psychologist, Forensic psychologist, Occupational psychologist, Clinical psychologist as well as Careers advisors, Detective, Human resource managers and Play therapists.