This is a new two year A Level qualification offering an engaging and effective introduction to psychology. You will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.
The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain. An unseen process of enzymes, chemicals and electric current moving within the structure of our neural networks dictates why we feel, think and behave the way we do.
- But why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness?
- Why do some people fear snakes yet a few think they are cuddly?
- Can we improve memory?
- Why are the first years of a child’s development so important?
Psychology looks at questions like these in the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science that has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from things like artificial intelligence to social change. Psychologists observe and measure behaviour and their therapies are based on scientific studies. In your first year you will study topics such as approaches to psychology, research methods, social influence, phobias, attachment and memory. This introduction will form a sound basis for the second year, in which you might study topics such as gender, forensic psychology, stress, addiction or schizophrenia.
Paper 1 -Social Influence, Memory, Attachment & Psychopathology
Paper 2 -Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods
Paper 3 -Issues and Debates plus grouped optional topics, choice of three
Sixth Form entry requirements, including GCSE Psychology at grade 6, if taken, otherwise GCSE English Language or Literature at grade 6 plus GCSE Mathematics and a science at grade 6.
Psychology has links with many disciplines including biological, computer and forensic science as well as humanities such as philosophy, anthropology and even literature. It involves study of theory, empirical evidence and practical applications. This mix of disciplines helps to make psychology such a fascinating subject. If you wish to become a psychologist, therapist or mental health worker, this A Level is of direct value. However, there are many careers that you can go into following a degree in psychology including law, management or education.