A Level Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. This course will develop your understanding of the possible explanations for behaviour including, biological, psychological and social factors. It enables you to appreciate the benefits of being able to explain, predict and control behaviour.
This course aims to allow students to develop an understanding of their own and others behaviour and to appreciate the benefits of being able to explain, predict and influence behaviour in a positive manner. We encourage an analytical approach to research so that students do not accept headline findings at face value and can see the fact through the fiction.
You will be assessed by sitting external exams at the end of the two year course. There are three 2 hour exams.
Five subjects at grade 4 or above including English and Maths. Strengths in maths and biology are desirable.
Psychology complements many other subjects and can be studied alongside any choice you make. If you plan to study psychology at university, it may be helpful if you combine it with maths, in particular statistics, and biology, as there are elements of both within the subject.
As a science, psychology enables you to progress to studying many higher education courses. The course will help you become competent in essay writing as well as practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
You can progress to a wide range of careers, such as teaching, police, counselling and marketing. Psychology can also lead to further study in a professional field such as clinical or forensic psychology.
Many students who study psychology often continue their studies at university.