Psychology: A Level

Who do I speak to? Miss. Sara Berry

Why study Psychology?

• Studying Psychology will teach you all about the way that the mind works and how this results in the behaviour of individuals and groups of people

• Psychology will offer you a unique academic experience where Science meets Humanities. You will become familiar with scientific approaches and will be able to evaluate theories critically using relevant evidence

• You will develop an academic, professional written style, which will help you in further study and employment.

What’s it all about?

• You will study the major branches of Psychology as well as Research Methods and Ethics

• All students begin with the AS course which covers: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods

• The students who chose to do the full A Level during the second year will also study: Biopsychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Issues and Debates within Psychology.

When will I be assessed?

• The AS level qualification has two exams; Papers 1 and 2 have an equal weighting of 50% and include multiple choice questions, short answer questions and an extended written responses. Each exam is 1hr 30 mins long with a total of 72 marks available

• The A Level qualification has three exams covering the content from both of the years of study. Each paper is 2hrs in length and contains multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended written responses

• All exams will take place at the end of the course; therefore if you are only studying the AS level qualification the two exams will be at the end of Year 12. If you are studying the full A Level qualification the three exams will be at the end of Year 13

What could it lead to?

• Psychology has academic rigour and is accepted by all Universities as fulfilling their entry requirements for A level study. Some universities will also consider it as a ‘Science’ qualification

• This qualification will enable you to demonstrate a wide range of transferable skills. These include the ability to communicate in both written and numerical form as well as the ability to empathise, synthesise and reapply knowledge

• Psychology students are highly valued by employers for their wide understanding of human behaviour and their ability to understand people as products of their experiences, environment and physiology. The subject helps us to understand who we are and where we are heading! Students often continue their careers within education, the caring professions or Human Resources.

Additional entry requirements?

• Students must have a minimum of a C grade in English, Maths & Science GCSE and at least one of those at grade B.