Psychology is a very broad and fascinating subject, which involves the scientific study of the human brain and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context. There are many different types of psychologists from cognitive to behavioural. As well as being interesting and a good way of getting a science A Level to help you progress in a science career, it has many practical benefits for your own personal life. For example, it is really useful to learn how your memory works, how children make attachments and how to promote your own sense of wellbeing and mental health.
Psychology is a very useful subject and works particularly well with Biology, Sociology, English Language, PE and Chemistry. Ten percent of the marks at A Level are for Mathematical and Statistical skills.
Some of the topics covered are:
- Social influence, memory, attachment and abnormal psychology.
- Approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods
- Gender, aggression, schizophrenia
There are 3 2hr exams
Paper 1 covers cognitive psychology, how memory works, social influence, how we confirm and respond to orders, attachment, how and why children make attachments
Paper 2 : Looks at research methods and approaches and how this is applied to abnormal and biological psychology.
Paper 3 : Covers aggression, Schizophrenia, gender and debates in psychology. Research methods and synoptic issues.
Psychology is a suitable course for a wide range of careers which involve working with people, as well as for progression on to higher education.
Possible career options include forensic psychology, health psychology, research, neuropsychology, educational psychology, occupational psychology and as a pathway into teaching and social work.