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, health and social care, PE and chemistry.
Some of the topics covered are:
• cognitive psychology, how short-term and long-term memory work, social influence, how we conform and respond to orders, attachment, how and why children make attachments and psychopathology.
• research methods and approaches and how this is applied to psychopathology and biopsychology.
• aggression, schizophrenia, gender and debates in psychology.
Ten percent of the marks at A Level are for mathematical and statistical skills.
The A Level will assess ALL content from both years of the course and will be examined by three 2-hour papers at the end of the second year of study. The exam board is AQA.
Paper 1: Social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology.
Paper 2: Approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods.
Paper 3: Gender, aggression and schizophrenia, issues and debates, 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.