About the course
Psychology is one of the Social Sciences and is the study of human behaviour and experience. It is about studying people and why we think and behave in the way that we do and how we develop.
The first year offers a broad range of topics including a study of stress, abnormality and how others influence our behaviour. There is also a research component which examines the methods Psychologists use to study human behaviour.
In year two, there are a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches which engages students with issues and debates within contemporary psychology. The topics include an examination of relationships, aggression, gender, psychology of the mass media, psycho pathology, eating behaviour and schizophrenia as well as a research unit.
Will this subject suit me?
This A Level is designed to develop skills of analysis and evaluation through an examination of arguments and evidence put forward by psychologists. You are expected to be interested in human behaviour and the world you live in. The ideal student would enjoy discussion, reading new ideas and challenging assumptions.
Good numeracy skills are required due to the science/mathematical nature of the subject.
Personal study time
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well.
A level Psychology
What students say about this subject
I've learned a lot
Information was clear and helpful
Trying experiments helped me learn the key studies
You can relate what you have learned to familiar situations
To study 3 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths
Additional requirements: GCSE grade 5-9 in Maths and English Language plus 5-9 in at least one science subject.