Studying Psychology offers a scientific insight into human thinking and behaviour. For A-level students it is a subject which offers a brand new direction of interest and possibility. As an academic discipline it is rapidly growing in importance and complexity, offering a wide choice of future employment opportunities. Students should consider Psychology if they are interested in learning a new academic subject, have an interest in understanding people, have the motivation to work independently, and are willing to acquire new thinking skills.
How is this course assessed?
The Psychology A-level is assessed in 3 exams, each of which is two hours long. There is no coursework in this A-level.
The importance of the relationship between a parent and their child. The impact of neglect on infant behaviour and the way this can influence a person when they have grown up.
An exploration of the different models used to explain how memory works and why we forget. How the cognitive interview is used by the police to increase the accuracy of witness information
Explanations of why we conform, obey and disobey. In what ways can a minority influence the majority. Investigating how the social roles we find ourselves in influence our behaviour.
The characteristics, explanations and treatments for phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
There are several approaches in Psychology, including Behavioural, Social, Cognitive, Biological, Psychodynamic and Humanistic. Students need to understand how each approach explains human behaviour.
The neuron and action potentials, communication between neurons, the nervous system, the anatomy of the brain, recovery after brain damage and the influence of light and the environment on sleep.
How data is collected through experiments, observations, questionnaires, and interviews. Scientific theory and using statistics to analyse data. Designing research studies and writing reports.
Issues and Debates
Understanding some of the big issues Psychology faces and trying to answer some of the debates, such as, whether or not people have free will.
The explanations for attraction, maintaining relationships, and theories of relationship breakdown.
How schizophrenia is diagnosed. The explanations for why people develop schizophrenia and how we can treat schizophrenia.
Biological and psychological explanations for aggression. The causes of extreme aggression, like serial murder. The effects of violent films and games on aggressive behaviour.
Additional entry requirements
Students are required to have at least GCSE Grade 5 in Maths and English Language. It is recommended that students have achieved at least a GCSE Grade 5 in Trilogy (Combined) or Separate Science too.