Why study Psychology?
A-Level Psychology is a valuable subject, as it allows us to re-examine our own personal beliefs and intuitions in an objective and scientific manner. This process challenges preconceptions and forces us to reexamine our understanding of human behaviour, both as individuals and in groups.
Topics of study at A-Level
Year 1: Key Approaches, Biopsychology and Research Methods, Social Influence, Psychopathology, Memory and Attachment.
Year 2: Gender, Eating Behaviour, Forensic Psychology, Stress and Addiction. Additional Psychodynamic and Humanist Key Approaches, Research Methods, Issues and Debates in Psychology.
Opportunities beyond the classroom
Practical investigations on peers, perhaps leading to an EPQ. Conferences in Bristol and a prison visit. Essay competitions
What the subject might lead to
Psychology remains one of the most popular choices at university. It is a flexible subject, offering both direct career paths and underpinning many other courses. It forms the foundations for a career in areas such as business, child development, marketing, criminology and law, neuroscience and sports sciences. It has been a valuable subsidiary subject for those considering medicine.
Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)
Minimum grade 6 in Combined Sciences. Recommended 6 in English and Mathematics.