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Psychology

Summary

Psychology is the study of the human mind. You will learn how it works and begin to explore the reasons behind human behaviours. A large amount of the course is devoted to human development and how this influences our lives.

It is a popular course and we encourage students who are interested in both the social and scientific sides of human behaviour to consider choosing psychology as an A-Level option.

The course and its structure

In Year 1 of the A Level (or AS Level) you will look at a number of different aspects of psychology:

  • The origins of psychology
  • The different approaches used to explain behaviour
  • Social psychology (social influence - conformity and obedience)
  • Cognitive psychology (memory)
  • Developmental psychology (attachment)
  • Psychopathology (the study of mental illness)
  • Biopsychology. 

In addition you will discover the research methods and ethics associated with these areas. You will learn why and how individual character differences appear. Are we born a certain way with fixed character traits, or are these fluid, developing in response to our upbringing and surroundings? It is a fascinating subject to pursue and one which represents a real opportunity for scientists and non-scientists alike.

The second year of the A Level becomes more involved and naturally, more challenging. There are a number of options available for the 2nd year of the A Level, including Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology, Eating Behaviour and Stress. Your teacher will select three topics to focus on in detail. There is also a topic focusing on Issues and Debates in Psychology, such as whether Psychology is a Science, and whether we have control over our own behaviour. You will also undertake practical research activities, including the collection and evaluation of specific data.

Psychology is one of the most popular choices for a university course. Students with a degree in psychology can go on to further training to become an Educational Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, or a Clinical Psychologist. Other career paths include social work, the police force, teaching, and health and social care professions. Qualifications in psychology are useful for any career/industry that involves dealing with people, as you will learn to understand why people behave in the way that they do. To find out more, visit the British Psychological Society’s career page

Eligibility

Entry requirements for A Level Psychology at Chapeltown are a minimum of 5 A*-B GCSE grades.

Additional Information

Tutor: Emma Nicholson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To find out more about the A Level course, click here to visit the AQA website