Head of Department: Ms Clayson
Psychology is only available to student at Key Stage 5, following the AQA exam body.
In Year 1 students cover six key topics; Memory, Social Influence, Attachment, Psychopathology (abnormal behaviour), Biopsychology and Approaches in Psychology. Students will also study Research Methods examining the various different ways that psychologists conduct their research. This will involve the students themselves designing, carrying out their own investigations and analysing their results.
In Year 2 students will study the option topics of Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology plus the compulsory element of Issues and Debates.
A LEVEL EXAMINATION
This is a linear course which culminates in three exams;
Paper 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology (33.3% of total A level)
Paper 2 – Psychology in Context (33.3% of total A level)
Paper 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology (33.3% of total A level)
WHY STUDY PSYCHOLOGY?
Students really enjoy this subject because they find it relevant to their everyday life. There is a wealth of fascinating material to reflect upon ranging from false memory to serial murder and the causes of hallucinations. The course is examined through a range of questions ranging from multiple choice questions, short answers to extended writing. It is therefore beneficial to have an interest in both English and essay writing as well as Science, where the scientific method is applied to psychological enquiry. The Research Methods paper has a strong mathematical focus so an interest in statistical analysis would also be helpful.
The emphasis on research methods is important and relevant for many subjects you may take at university level. An A level in Psychology puts you on course to study a Psychology related degree and taking this subject will clearly be useful for any career which involves the understanding of and working with people. Possible career paths include teaching, nursing, Management, the police, social work, speech and language therapy, counselling, psychiatry, sales and marketing as well as certain job roles within the military.