On this course you will develop an understanding of the scientific methods used by psychologists. You will be familiarised with four key techniques for collecting and analysing data: self-report, experiment, observation and correlation. You will also be introduced to the five main approaches in psychology. To do well in this subject you need to have good thinking and analytical skills and should enjoy reading, researching and problem solving. An interest in science is essential, as is the need to be well organised. Psychology is based on empirical evidence therefore you will need to enjoy working with statistics and interpreting data.
The Psychology A level is much more challenging than most students imagine it to be. To do well students need to be well organised and prepared to work hard throughout the year. Many students find that this subject works well with A level Biology and Sociology.
Introductory Topics in Psychology: social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology
Approaches in Psychology 1: learning, cognitive and biological approach
Research Methods 1: introduction to the scientific method, the research process and key terminology used in research.
Issues and Options in Psychology: issues and debates, schizophrenia, relationships, addiction,
Approaches in Psychology 2: psychodynamic and humanistic approach
Research methods 2: conducting statistical tests, interpreting and reporting results.
Throughout the two years, you will have the opportunity to conduct and present your own research.
A substantial amount of background reading is required in the form of hand-outs, books and original source material. Independent research is required throughout the 2 years. Suggested reading lists will be provided at the start of each course.
A GCSE grade 5 in English Language, grade 5 in Maths and grade 5 in Science.
You will be assessed through three written examinations at the end of the second year. There is no coursework element to this course.
You will gain an A level qualification at the end of the second year.
Completing A level Psychology can lead to a range of university degrees such as psychology, nursing, law, social sciences, physical sciences and medicine. Many employers and universities see the skills gained in A Level Psychology as valuable in many other careers as well.
Approximately £30 for textbooks.
There will be a range of guest talks delivered by professionals in different areas of Psychology, where you have the opportunity to know more about their latest psychological research. Guest speakers will also discuss different career paths in Psychology.