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Psychology

Psychology

Entry Criteria

  • Average Point Score: 4.0
  • English Language GCSE Grade 4

Examination Board

 

Teaching Staff

  • Mrs Lomas
  • Mrs Macfarlane
  • Mrs Ward

Psychology literally means ‘study of the mind’. There are many areas of research that Psychologists are involved in, these include social psychology, brain and behaviour, emotion, attention, perception, and personality.

Studying A Level Psychology

Psychology is an extremely popular subject at A level. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from artificial intelligence to social change.

Psychologists ask interesting questions regarding human behaviour.

For example:

  • Why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness?
  • Why do some people fear open spaces?
  • What makes someone become a serial killer?
  • What makes us obey unjust commands?
  • Are looks, status or personality important when choosing a partner?
  • How does the brain work?

Psychologists observe and measure behaviour, and their therapies are often based on scientific study.  Psychology is constantly changing and is best understood through ‘active learning’. You will therefore have the opportunity to carry out a number of activities including; group work, displays, research, presentations, discussion and debate, written work, experiments and conferences. If you enjoy finding out about key pieces of research and have a critical and inquisitive mind, Psychology is a challenging and exciting subject for you to embark on.

In addition, Psychology has links with many disciplines including Biology and Forensic Science, as well as humanities such as Sociology and Health and Social Care. It is a great basis for all future careers.

If you enjoy finding out about human behaviour and have a critical and inquisitive mind, Psychology is a great subject for you.

Psychology is certainly not a one-size-fits-all career choice. In fact, one of the greatest strengths of picking Psychology is the enormous variety of career paths that are available.

A Level Psychology and Sociology students on the annual London trip where they visit the Bethlem Psychiatric Hospital’s Museum of the Mind and are taken on a tour of the areas in Whitechapel where the Jack the Ripper murders took place.

The topics studied in Psychology A Level include:

Year 12

  • Social
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Biopsychology
  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Year 1 Research Methods

Year 13

  • Issues and debates
  • Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic
  • Year 2 Research Methods

Although these topics are grouped in to Year 12 and 13 here, there are links between topics generated throughout the course.

There are many opportunities that Psychology can lead to, including:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Criminal/Forensic Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Research
  • Counselling
  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Applied research
  • Sports Psychology