PSYCHOLOGY A LEVEL
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. It is a fascinating subject that gives students an insight into the workings of the human mind and supports students to see the world from different perspectives. It informs students about the processes and statistical tests used by psychologists. Psychology encourages students to develop their organisational, independent learning and analytical, critical thinking skills and more. The course is taught through a series of interactive activities where students have opportunities to discuss, critically evaluate and conduct their own research.
Examination board – AQA
The A Level is a two-year course which comprises of three examination papers:
Unit 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology
Unit 2: Approaches, Biopsychology, Research methods
Unit 3: Issues & Debates, Schizophrenia, Gender, Addiction
The A Level is assessed at the end of the two-year course. There are three written examinations (Units 1-3) each lasting 2 hours. There is no coursework.
GCSE Grade 6 in Science
GCSE Grade 5 in English and Maths
Career pathways: University degree and Apprenticeships and Employment
Psychology can lead to specific careers as a Psychologist in fields such as Clinical, Forensic psychology, Criminology, Educational Psychology and Counselling and therapy and Occupational Psychology. Other careers that Psychology could lead to include Health and Social welfare sector; such as working in Rehabilitation, Mental Health Services, Police and Social Work in addition to commercial, professional and managerial jobs.