PSYCHOLOGY

AS/A2

Is it for me?

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and is therefore directly relevant to everyday life. It is also a very interesting subject as it focuses on why people behave as they do. For example, what causes anorexia, or why do we sleep, how do we measure intelligence and why are emotions useful? If you have an interest in why people behave in the way they do, then this is the course for you!

What will I be doing?

Remember, Psychology is a Science subject and so you will be expected to undertake practical projects and learn about how to carry out your own research. The course content will differ slightly depending on whether you choose to study the AS standalone qualification or the full two-year A level. Both AS and first year A Level students will study topics such as Social influence, Memory, Attachments, Psychopathology and Research Methods. In addition to these topics, those students studying the full two-year course will go on to study topics such as Relationships, Forensic Psychology and Schizophrenia.

How do I pass the course?

You do need good research and reading skills. You will be expected to read around the topics outside of lesson and so you will need to be motivated and pro-active. Most importantly, you will need an enthusiasm for learning about human behaviour!

Where will it take me?

Psychology provides a useful foundation for any job, as you will always be dealing with people, whatever career you follow. However, it is particularly valuable as a preparation for Teaching, Journalism, Drama, Social Work, Law, Medicine and Advertising. There are so many different careers that involve psychology, for example, counsellors, forensic psychologists, police officers, lawyers to name a few. 

How do I get on the course?

It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Psychology and no prior knowledge is required to study the A Level. You will need 5 A*-C GCSES including Maths and English and good grades in Science GCSE as Psychology is regarded a science subject. For further information, talk to Miss Rana or attend the Post-16 Open Evening.