Psychology

A-level Psychology

AS Level

What will you be learning?
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Its scope includes questions as diverse as:

  • Why do people obey others?
  • Why is eyewitness testimony unreliable?
  • What happens when you have a ‘split brain’?
  • Could violence on TV cause aggression?

The course will appeal to those students who have an interest in human behaviour and want to find out more about what makes us who we are. It will help you to develop a range of skills.
The course covers 15 core studies which introduce key themes and ideas in Psychology. This way you learn general theories and issues related to a specific example.As Psychology is a science you will be required to study Psychological Investigations (research method).

Method of Assessment: AS Exam: 100%

What other learning could you do:
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as another science or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Psychology, which could lead you onto higher education to study Psychology or more general higher education courses.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist.
You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

What career options do you have?
In Higher Education, Psychology can be studied as a single subject or as part of a combined degree. Psychology graduates find employment in education, the health service, and the criminal justice system. Others use their Psychology degree to enter careers as diverse as advertising and law. You must have at least a grade C in GCSE Maths to study Psychology at degree level. Many universities require a grade A-B GCSE Maths.

A2 Level

What will you be learning?
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Its scope includes questions as diverse as:

  • What causes people to turn to crime?
  • How do juries reach their verdict in court?
  • What causes depression and schizophrenia?
  • What is stress and how can it be treated?

The course will appeal to those students who have an interest in human behaviour and want to find out more about what makes us who we are. It will help you to develop a range of skills.

The course covers:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Mental health
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Research method

Method of Assessment: A2 Exam: 100%

What other learning could you do:
You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as another science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as forensics or mental health depending on the area that interests you.

What career options do you have?
In Higher Education, Psychology can be studied as a single subject or as part of a combined degree. Psychology graduates find employment in education, the health service, and the criminal justice system. Others use their Psychology degree to enter careers as diverse as advertising and law.

Where Can I Find More Information:
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.

This course will finish in 2016