THE SCIENCE OF MIND AND BEHAVIOUR.
WHAT YOU STUDY
Psychology is an academic A-level which is based around the study of theories and research into human and animal behaviour. Topics include memory, conformity, stress and child psychology. Learn about the brain and how it is structured. Learn about theories of how the mind might work, but also about theories which ignore it and focus on the studying only our behaviour.
You will also develop your essay writing skills for the exams. There is no coursework. Psychology A-level includes learning about research methods such as experiments and questionnaires. A small amount of the specification involves some basic maths.
HOW YOU STUDY
Individual, pair and group activities including: note taking; use of YouTube footage and other video clips; participation in and conducting of mini-studies including experiments and questionnaires; reading; guided research; discussion; debates; essay planning and use of exam board specification and mark schemes. You may also research and present information to your class in the form of posters, powerpoints and blogs. In addition to this, we sometimes use role-play to help us understand some of the situations we study.
DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES
You will be taught by an enthusiastic graduate teacher, trained and experienced in specialist areas. Individual guidance is given to students following module results. The psychology room has a range of additional text, revision guides and DVDs.
PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY
Psychology courses at University are very diverse. Some are general Psychology degrees (BSc or BA) and some offer the chance to specialise in certain areas of Psychology, for example, social, developmental, applied, criminological or evolutionary psychology. A-level psychology also gives an insight and useful entry qualification into many professions, including nutrition, social sciences/work, nursing, teaching, philosophy and the business world.
People who went on to do Psychology degrees:
2012 – Anna Kubinski
2013 – Harriet Sadler
COMBINES WELL WITH
Students have studied Psychology alongside a range of other AS and A2 subjects for example Biology, Chemistry, Maths, English Literature, RE and Art.
GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Grade B in English
Grade C (preferably B) in Maths and Science