Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: AQA
Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and experiences, where we look to explain why people act and think the way they do. The course aims to extend our everyday observations of human behaviour
by exploring the truth and validity behind what is ‘known’ scientifically. Psychology also examines how to help treat individuals who suffer from various psychological disorders and the different ways one can go about doing this. Most of pyschology is literature based, however, there are sizeable science and mathematical elements.
Unit 01: Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology
Unit 02: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods
Unit 03: Issues and debates in Psychology and three optional topics (Previous topics have included: Gender, Schizophrenia, Relationships, Addiction & Forensic Psychology)
The A level course is 100% examination based through three papers. All papers include multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.
A Psychology degree has been widely regarded as one of the most versatile degrees when trying to access the job market after university. This subject is very useful if you want to go on to study Psychology, Counselling, Youth Work, International Relations, Politics, Business or other Social Sciences at degree level. You can study either a BSc (Science) or a BA (Art) in Psychology, so individual university requirements need to be checked as they may vary.
To qualify to study 3 A level/ Applied subjects, you will need to achieve 6 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English Language or Maths at grade 4 or above.
In addition/ within those 6 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 5 in Science (Core, Additional or Applied). Students with either a Grade 4 in Maths may be considered subject to availability.
- Trip to Royal Bethlem Hospital
- Trip to Freud’s Residence and Museum