Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Students will be exploring a fascinating and useful subject in which employability, research skills, practical application and personal development are embedded. The course covers an array of interesting topics from why people might commit evil acts to what might lead to the development of an eating disorder. It emphasises the use of psychology in the real world and involves school trips to see these topics brought to life. Students will study all of the core areas of this diverse subject and then have the opportunity to look at more specialist areas of psychology such as gender, eating behaviour and forensic psychology.
Potential Topics that will be studied
Introductory topics in psychology
- Social influence
Psychology in context
- Approaches in psychology
- Research methods
Issues and options in psychology
- Issues and debates in psychology
- Eating Behaviour
- Forensic Psychology
Additional Course Entry Requirements
Students need to achieve 5 GCSEs at grade 5 and above, including mathematics and English, as well as a grade 6 or higher in science (or biology specifically)
Progression and career opportunities
Psychology A Level is relevant to many jobs, particularly those dealing with people. These include health and social care, childcare, customer service, the police and other emergency services, armed forces, advertising, sales, market research, personnel management and many others.
Many choose to study psychology at university, with opportunities for further professional training in clinical, educational, forensic, organisational and counselling psychology.