A fascinating subject with a rigorous and scientific approach.
Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience. This stimulating subject combines fascinating content with a rigorous and scientific approach to investigation. It has recently undergone huge growth in popularity, both as a choice for A level and undergraduate students.
The course aims to develop both an academic understanding of the subject and an appreciation of its impact on people’s daily lives. Psychology A level develops your ability to formulate an argument by presenting and critically evaluating research evidence. Accurate and concise writing is important in answering short structured questions and longer essay-style questions.
There is no coursework, but an important element of the course is practical: designing and carrying out research, reporting findings and analysing data. This provides good opportunities to develop IT and number skills.
Lunchtime workshops and a peer-mentoring scheme provide further opportunities to further your understanding. There is also a student-run Psychology Society which organises lunchtime talks by visiting speakers and shows videos of programmes of psychological interest.
"There is a great Psychology SharePoint site where all the lessons are online if you missed one or if you want to do revision. The teachers listen to what you think you need help with and they interact with you in the lessons." Rory Coyne, Psychology student
There are three written exams taken at the end of Year 13, consisting of structured and essay-style questions. Each lasts 2 hours.
GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature) AND Maths or a science
Psychology A Level is a very useful basis for a Psychology degree. This is a well-respected degree for many occupations which require graduate status, and also opens up opportunities to work for example as a clinical, sports or forensic psychologist.