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A Level Psychology

A Level Psychology

Psychology is a fascinating subject in which we take a look at the world around us and try to make sense of why people think and behave the way they do.

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Why should I study Physics?

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. If you have ever wondered why some people dream or what extent people are prepared to accept authority, then Psychology may be for you. Psychology will help you to answer these questions and gain an insight into the motivations and reasons behind a range of behaviours.

You should choose psychology if you want to find out how the mind works, learn about the origins of mental illness and its treatments and want to carry out your own research to explain people’s attitudes and behaviours.

This stimulating subject combines fascinating theories with a rigorous consideration of academic research evidence. You will also develop important skills in how to design, carry out and analyse primary research.

If you wish to progress into any profession working with people, children or health, this is the ideal subject for you.

What will I study?

You will study different psychological viewpoints including Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Biological and Behaviourist, cognitive psychology (memory), developmental psychology, research methods, social psychology (social influence) and individual differences (psychopathology/abnormality).

In year 12 you will study:

Approaches in psychology

  • The different psychological viewpoints including Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Biological, Behaviourist

Cognitive psychology (memory)

  • Why do we remember some things and forget others?
  • How reliable is an Eye Witness Testimony?

Developmental psychology (early social development)

  • How do we form attachments with our caregivers from such an early age?
  • What happens if these attachments fail to form?

Research methods

  • What methods are used in Psychological studies?
  • Are there any ethical considerations to be made?

Social psychology (social influence)

  • Why do we hate being “the odd one out”?
  • Why do people follow orders from those in power?

Individual differences (psychopathology/abnormality)

  • How do we define someone as being “abnormal”?
  • What are the best treatment methods for abnormality?

In year 13 you will study:

  • Issues and debates
  • Relationships, Gender or Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia Eating behaviour or Stress
  • Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction• Issues and debates
  • Relationships, Gender or Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia Eating behaviour or Stress
  • Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction

How is A Level Psychology assessed?

Three 2 hour examinations, all equally weighted.

What can I study with Psychology?

Psychology students gain skills in communication, critical and creative thinking, interpersonal awareness, problem solving and the ability to look at issues from different points of view. Therefore, psychology combines well with all subjects.

Where does a qualification in Psychology lead?

Psychology students can go on to specialise in a particular area in Higher Education, such as educational psychology, sports psychology, therapy or occupational psychology. However, the skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research. The study of psychology is also good preparation for any career involving people. These include careers in education, health, marketing, management, human resources and government services, including the police.

Minimum subject requirements

Grade 6 in English, mathematics and science.

DACA Biology Alumni

Name: Chloe

High School: DACA

Subjects: Psychology, biology, religious studies and EPQ.

Now studying psychology at the University of Manchester.