Psychology

AS & A-level
What are the main features of this course?

Psychology is a fascinating subject to study and from this course you will gain analytical and theoretical knowledge beneficial to a vast range of career options. This subject focuses on human behaviour and the causes behind why people behave as they do.

The main topics covered include:

  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Research methods
  • Social influence
  • Psychopathology
  • Biopsychology
Hours of lessons per week: 5
Indicative group size: 21
Who should study this course?

Although it is helpful to have studied Psychology GCSE, this is not essential and most students on this course will be new to the subject. The course includes a lot of essay based work so is best suited to academically minded students with strong written ability – minimum Grade 5 GCSE English (Language or Literature). Your final grades are based only on exams, so it is important to consider what type of learner you are and whether you perform better in exams or coursework. Due to high demand, the College is now also running an Applied Psychology course.

How is the course assessed?

The course will be assessed by two exams at the end of the second year. Both exams will be 1 hour 30 minutes and will consist of a range of questions from multiple-choice to essay style questions. In December, students will sit mock exams which do not count towards the final A Level grade but are vital for subject monitoring and support purposes.

Where can I go next?

Psychology opens many routes including working for the NHS, nursing, social work, policing, counselling or teaching. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study, specialising in an area of Psychology such as clinical, forensic or child psychology.

Psychology is interesting because you can apply what you have learnt to real life situations, like understanding why your friend is stressed or angry and supporting them.

Aya Psychology Student