Why Should You Take This Course?
Psychology students enjoy the topics we study saying that they are very interesting and relevant to understanding their own lives and the people around them. Psychology is a science and develops practical research skills as well as requiring essay writing skills and the development of complex arguments.
It therefore compliments both science and arts subjects. It also involves using mathematical skills to analyse complex data through statistics.
Psychology is an ideal Course for someone who is interested in the way that people behave, feel and think. Throughout the Course you will study a number of different topics related to everyday behaviour from a variety of viewpoints including biological, evolutionary and psychological approaches. For example, you will learn how genes and biochemical process influence your behaviour as well as the influence of parents and culture.
AS: Year 1
Topics studied include: memory, attachment, biopsychology, abnormality, social influence plus a unit looking at the research techniques psychologists use to investigate behaviour.
A2: Year 2
Further topics are studied including relationships, aggression and stress. You will also be required to discuss issues and debates in psychology. In addition you will develop your understanding of biopsychology and use your statistical knowledge to analyse data.
How will I be assessed?
All assessments are exam based. Question papers involve multiple choice, short answer questions, data analysis skills and also include essay questions. If you choose the full A Level Course the exams at the end of the Course will assess content from both years.
What could I do next?
Knowledge of psychology will be useful throughout life, and the evaluative and analytical skills learned can be applied to all manner of careers involving people. However, specific careers in psychology, for example clinical or educational psychologist, require some form of post graduate training.