Psychology

At a glance

Awarding Board: Eduqas
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: Study of Psychology at Key Stage 4 is preferred but not required

Assessment

Three 2 hour 15 minute examinations at the end of Year 13
Paper 1 Psychology: Past to Present (33.3%)
Paper 2 Psychology: Investigating Behaviour (33.3%)
Paper 3 Psychology: Implications in the Real World (33.3%)

Why choose A Level Psychology?

Psychology helps us to gain invaluable insights into who we are. It helps us to uncover some of the reasons why some people might do one thing, whilst others do another. We are able to explore so called ‘abnormal’ behaviours using different perspectives and theoretical concepts.

The use of psychology deepens our understanding of the people around us and can make us more compassionate people as a result. We work together on skills to enable us to apply this knowledge in the real world and affect change in our communities.

What will you study?

You will study a variety of historical and current psychological approaches to understand the essential and classic aspects of the subject.
The course covers:

  • A range of classic and contemporary psychological research incuding a whole host of perspectives and topics. You will study the core principles of investigating human and animal behaviour by following an in-depth investigative approach.
  • The application of psychological principles to everyday situations to allow exploration in real life scenarios. This widens the application of the subject to your own real-world experiences. You will explore contemporary issues raised in psychological research such as how the study of psychology has changed over time.

You will get first-hand experience of scientifically working through your own psychological research. This allows you to demonstrate the skills of psychology as well as the subject knowledge.

How will you study?

An A Level Psychology class will typically have 10-15 pupils. The structure of lessons will be very similar to GCSE lessons. Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This is then followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work.

Research methods form a critical part of the course. This aspect will allow you to assess the ethics of psychological study, as well as understand the context in which the research is based.

Where will it take me?

Psychology is wonderfully broad in terms of the wider career options available post A Level.

There are various employment sectors to head towards: HR Management, Forensic Accountant, Marketing, Sales Management, Project Manager. Sport and Exercise Psychologist, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Life Coach, Sports Therapist, Exercise Physiologist, Health Promotion Specialist or Secondary School Teacher.

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