A Level Psychology
Psychology is the academic study of human mind and behaviour. Psychological research and theory seeks to offer explanations for how we think, feel and behave in a variety of contexts; as such the application of Psychology is huge. Given the diversity of Psychology as a subject, you are provided with the opportunity to study some of the key branches of Psychology. Each branch of Psychology is diverse, explaining and focusing on behaviour in ways that are unique to that approach. Psychology is an increasingly popular science relevant to everyone which as a subject focus on a variety of behaviour and phenomena. Across the two years you will study: Research methods (including carrying out 4 mini practical’s), 20 core studies and Applied psychology – Issues in mental health, criminal and environmental psychology.
A Level Psychology will involve 2 years of teaching and learning assessed in three examinations taken at the end of the course. Examinations will be a mixture of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and essay questions. A Level Psychology involves the exploration of three main modules. These include:
Paper One: Written exam. 2 hours. Research methods – 30% of total exam
Paper Two: Written exam. 2 hours. Psychological themes through core studies – 35% of total exam
Paper Three: Written exam. 2 hours. Applied Psychology – 35% of total exam
Why take this A Level?
Psychology allows you to develop a range of skills and qualities that are transferable to a variety of careers including teaching, management, sport, social work and careers in healthcare. If you pursue psychology further there are a range of options available to you including research or becoming an applied clinical, educational, forensic or health psychologist. Students will need to have a GCSE grade B in English, Maths and a Science.