The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain.
- A-level Psychology offers a science with cutting edge research that has real world implications for issues in everyday life, all within a course that has academic integrity and skills that Higher Education and employers value.
- Studying Psychology develops a range of valuable skills including critical analysis, independent thinking and research, as well as a deeper understanding of the dynamics of human interaction and communication.
- Psychology will give you a relevant qualification appropriate to a range of occupations including teaching, management, nursing, marketing, counselling and a number of professional fields such as clinical, forensic and educational psychology.
- With the far-reaching implications of Psychology, it works very well with other A-level subjects such as Sociology, English, Biology, Law, and Religious Education to name a few, however the skills learned on the course equip and support students in many other subjects too.
Any special requirements?
No prior knowledge of the subject is necessary. A minimum of a grade 4 in mathematics is necessary in order to complete the Research Methods and Statistical component of the course.
What will I study?
- The scientific study of mental disorders and types of abnormality including phobias, OCD and depression
- How memory works including explanations for forgetting and factors that affect eyewitness testimony
- Practical understanding of the research methods psychologists used to investigate human behaviour
- Insight into forensic psychology including explanations for offending and how offender profiles are used to narrow down searches for criminals
- Why we get stressed and ways of managing stress
- Issues and Debates in psychology such as understanding the role of free will and determinism in behaviour, and the role of nature and nurture, as well as discussions on cultural issues
How will I be assessed?