Why study Psychology A-level?
Psychology is the study of the mind and human behaviour. Psychology offers students the opportunity to study modern and contemporary aspects across the core areas of Psychology including: Cognitive, Social, Biological and Developmental.
First Year Course Content
The first year is structured into two units: Introductory topics in Psychology and Psychology in context.
In the iIntroductory topics in Psychology unit, students will study Social influence, Memory and Attachment.
In the Psychology in Context unit students will study Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods. Students will develop skills such as critical analysis and independent thinking.
Second Year Course Content
The second year expands to cover last year’s topics in more depth as well as introducing new concepts.
The Introductory topics in Psychology unit extends prior learning on Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.
The Psychology in Context unit includes an additional topic of Biopsychology.
In the Issues and options in Psychology unit students will study a compulsory topic: Issues and Debates in Psychology. Students will then have the opportunity to study additional topics that can be chosen from a set list and can be decided on at the start of Year 2. Examples of topics are Relationships, Forensic Science, Aggression, Gender and Schizophrenia
A2 Level Psychology requires 3 exams to be sat in May/June of the second year of study; all lasting 2 hours.
Future careers linked to this subject:
- Business and Financial Services
- Health and Social Care
- Medicine (Psychiatry)
- and many more.
Achieve a Grade 6 in GCSE Psychology and/or Grades 5 or 6 in GCSE Science. Grade 5 or above in Maths and English is essential
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