Why study Psychology at A-Level?
A-Level Psychology is a valuable subject, as it allows us to examine our own personal beliefs and intuitions in an objective and scientific manner. This process challenges preconceptions and forces us to re-examine our understanding of human behaviour, both as individuals and in groups.
Topics of study at A-Level
The course covers many different subject areas, starting in Year 1 with Key Approaches, Biopsychology and Research Methods, Social Influence, Psychopathology, Memory and finishing with Attachment.
There are several options available in Year 2, with three choices taken from topics such as Gender, Cognition & Development, Schizophrenia, Stress and Forensic Psychology. Additional Psychodynamic and Humanist Key Approaches, as well as further skills for examining psychological investigations are explored against a backdrop of the theory of science. Issues and Debates is a synoptic development of arguments comparing all topics and approaches previously studied through the relative importance of nature and nurture, free will and methods of research.
Opportunities beyond the classroom
Practical investigations on peers, which could lead on to an EPQ. Conference days in Bristol and London. National 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 grade 6 in English and Mathematics.