Psychology

Is Psychology the subject for you?

Yes, if you are interested in studying and researching human behaviour such as memory, obedience, prejudice and attachment. If you enjoy thinking critically about ideas that you are presented with and carrying out your own practical investigations. If you are interested in developing a range of transferable skills such as essay writing, presentation skills and data analysis.

Course content

Students study three units in total. At AS level students focus on studying the key approaches in Psychology (Social, Cognitive, Biological, Psychodynamic and Behavioural) which provide them with the basis for further study in Psychology. At A’ level students study the three main approaches in psychology. How psychology can be applied to criminal and child psychology. Why people suffer from mental illnesses? How psychology contributes to on-going debates.

  • AS Psychology is examined by two papers at the end of the first year.
  • A’ level psychology is assessed via three papers at the end of the two-year course.

Methods of study

A range of methods of study are used including group work, discussions, presentations, peer teaching and independent study. You will be expected to take an active part in lessons as well as complete regular homework and assessment activities.

How will it be examined?

AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Career opportunities

Studying Psychology provides an excellent grounding for numerous careers including human resources, advertising, law and social work. It is viewed favourably by employers as employees who have studied Psychology have a range of transferable skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, work in a team and analyse information (both written and numerical) as well as have a greater understanding of human behaviour.

Most universities offer a range of Psychology degrees, both single and joint honours. Most Psychology degrees will have similar content in the first year and then allow students to specialise in later years. In order to qualify as a Psychologist, you will need to undertake further postgraduate study to Masters or PhD level. You can find out more information about careers in Psychology by looking at the British Psychological Society website - www.bps.org.uk