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Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. It offers a unique educational experience that develops a distinctive and broad set of skills. The brand new A Level will provide students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Psychology and encourage them to think like Psychologists.

As a Psychology student, you will develop a wide-ranging set of key skills, including being able to communicate effectively using appropriate language and critically assess scientific data. In addition, you will research and critically evaluate a range of sources. The course also encourages the development of strong literacy and numeracy skills. The acquisition of such a diverse range of skills will be of great benefit to you in your further education, the workplace and society in general.

Overview of the A Level in Psychology

Component 1: Psychology – Past to Present

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (33% of qualification)

This component provides a foundation in some of the core aspects of Psychology. You’ll study classic evidence spanning the past one hundred years, to gain an appreciation that Psychology continues to evolve and contains a variety of approaches (Biological, Psychodynamic, Behaviourist, Cognitive and Positive).

Component 2: Psychology - Investigating Behaviour

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (33% of qualification)

The purpose of this component is for you to acquire the skills of working scientifically. It is divided up into three parts: Principles of Research, Personal Investigations and Application of Research Methods to a Novel Scenario.

Component 3: Psychology – Implications in the Real World.

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (33% of qualification)

Having learnt about the various approaches in Component 1, you’ll be expected to apply your knowledge to human/animal behaviours. You’ll study three different behaviours (e.g. criminal behaviours, Schizophrenia and Stress) and five controversies (cultural bias, ethical costs of conducting research, non-human animals, scientific status, sexism).

To study Psychology successfully at A Level you need to have a good GCSEs in Mathematics and English Literature / Language. You should also enjoy reading because there is a lot of this during the course.

You should consider studying this subject if:

  • you enjoy reading, learning lots of new terminology (words), group discussions, giving presentations and investigative work
  • you are prepared to work hard because of the volume of reading, learning and preparation required
  • You are ready to be focused in class whilst asking plenty of questions

Mrs Alexis Shea
Head of Psychology

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