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Psychology - A level

Psychology is all around you and touches on every aspect of your life! Who you are now, how you will be in the future, how you interact with family, friends, and strangers. Psychology is in daily life, including your interactions with others, how you learn, memory performance, your ability to cope with pressure and your understanding of the causes of psychological disorders.

From intriguing optical illusions that reveal the inner workings of the brain to shocking experiments that expose how far people will go to obey an authority figure, there is always something amazing and astonishing to learn about the human mind and behaviour.

What has been happening in the department recently?

Year 12s are currently planning a trip to London to look at animal communication in London Zoo and a visit to the Freud museum.

Psychology opens your eyes to so many situations and helps you to understand the world around you. It also opens many doors for your future as you learn to understand the way that people behave.
Year 11 student

Potential career paths and further study

Whilst there are plenty of exciting careers in psychology that you might want to explore, studying the subject can also help you in many other professions as well. For example, if you want to become a business manager, understanding human behaviour can improve your ability to manage and interact with your employees. Whatever career you pursue, a background in psychology will enhance your employability.

Studying psychology allows me to understand the world and the people within it, but most importantly it helps me understand myself.
Year 12 student

What will I learn?

You will develop knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and studies in relation to psychology.

You will be given the opportunity to develop your skills of analysis and evaluation and develop knowledge of ethical issues associated with these areas of psychology.

You will be given the opportunity to undertake practical research activities involving collection, analysis and interpretation of data.

Compulsory content

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in Psychology

Optional

Option 1

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development

Option 2

  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Cognition and development

Option 3

  • Aggression
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Addiction

What skills do I need?

Students who do well in this subject have typically achieved at least a Grade C in GCSE English, maths and science.

How is the course graded?

There are three exams in total each consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.