Psychology A Level
Psychology involves studying and exploring human behaviour and what drives it. It is one of the newest science subjects with its research having been developed within a very recent time-span and new ideas are always coming forward in the media to develop learning.
You will play an active role in lessons, with plenty of opportunities to discuss issues in small groups and explore the latest research developments to illustrate and strengthen arguments. As well as being an active learning experience, you will improve your skills in note taking, analysis and evaluation of psychological research.
In the first year of this course, you will study social, cognitive and biological psychology and learning theories (behavioural psychology). Alongside each topic you participate in a practical research exercise, gathering data, analysing it and presenting it via a report format. This practical research exercise must adhere to ethical principles in both content and intention. While in your second year, you will study clinical psychology along with criminological, child or heath psychology. Research methods, issues and debates will be studied for each unit and you will benefit from the drop-in support offered by the Psychology Department.
You will have the opportunity to join field trips to bring your studies to life, including visits to the London Freud Museum, Bethlem Royal Psychiatric Hospital in London and to psychological exhibitions in London.
There are three examination papers, each of two hours, at the end of this two-year course.
Examination board: Edexcel
Where could this course take you?
Psychology is a science and is recognised as such by many academic institutions. It has links with many academic areas, such as psychology of business, sport, education and criminal (forensic) psychology. It is useful for any career that involves working with people such as police, medical professions, business studies of all kinds and in any profession where knowledge of the workings of the brain would be useful, for example, performance related careers, teaching or sport.