Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behaviour. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain how we think, act and feel. It is about what makes people unique and interesting and why they behave as they do. Psychology is a broad discipline. Bio-psychologists research the relationship between brain and behaviour, e.g. what are dreams? Where are emotions located? Is it true that the left brain is rational and the right brain intuitive? Cognitive psychologists are interested in mental processes such as thinking and reasoning, memory, language and perception. Social psychologists study conformity and social pressure; what constitutes ‘in-groups’ and ‘out-groups’ and how prejudices arise.
Psychology teaches you invaluable skills which are respected by both universities and employers. For example; communication, evaluation, research and data-analysis skills. Psychology can also provide a route into health related careers; such as counselling, mental health and addiction. As well as being employed in industrial and organizational settings, or in other areas such as human development and aging, sports, health, and the media, as well as in forensic analysis and other aspects of law.
Students who wish to study A Level Psychology will be examined on year 12 content and year 13 content at the end of their second year of study. They will sit a total of three exams at the end of year 13.
Component 01: Research methods (30% of A Level marks)
This component explores the various different methods used by psychologists to investigate human behaviour. Students will learn how to plan, conduct, analyse and report psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.
Component 02: Psychological Themes through Core Studies (35% of A Level marks)
This component introduces some of the central areas of investigation in Psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and contemporary core study.
Component 03: Applied Psychology (35% of A Level marks)
This component looks at specific areas of Psychology in more detail. Students will study Issues in Mental Health, Criminal Psychology and Child Psychology.
Entry Requirements: As stated in the Admission Policy
Exam Board: OCR