What skills and previous experience will I need?
Most students begin our course with no previous academic qualifications in Psychology, however, GCSE grade 4 or higher in English and Mathematics is vital.
Where will Psychology take me?
Psychology can be taken as a single degree or combines with a number of other subjects at college or university.
There are lots of careers available in Psychology, in areas such as Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Sport Psychology and / or research based employment.
Since Psychology is also concerned with human behaviour, it lends itself to a number of careers outside of Psychology itself, and also complements many other subjects at A Level.
What will I study?
In Psychology, behaviour and mental life are the topics of study. We all have opinions and beliefs about human behaviour but unless these are supported by facts, they remain subjective and open to bias. To understand human behaviour, we must use appropriate research methods and objective analysis. The course is divided into four modules overall.
At AS level you will complete the “Research methods” module known as Component 1 which enables you to become familiar with four techniques for collecting/analysing data: self-report, experiment, observation, correlation. You will also complete the Component 2 “Psychological themes through Core Studies” module which requires you to build knowledge and understanding of ten psychology studies, demonstrating evaluation skills and an appreciation of wider psychological approaches/perspectives, theories, issues and debates.
At A2 you will study two areas of applied psychology: Forensic Psychology and Health and Clinical Psychology. You will also study a module which focuses on Approaches and Research Methods in Psychology. How will I be taught? A variety of approaches including group work, role-play, the use of ICT, research, discussions, experiments and presentations will be used.
Component 1: Research methods
Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.
Component 2: Psychological themes through core studies
Introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study.
- Exploring the impact of leading questions on eyewitness testimony.
- Exploring the role of observing aggressive adults on children’s aggression.
- Exploring whether people will obey an authority figure when asked to inflict pain on someone else.
Component 1 & Component 2
Both components on the AS course are covered again but with additional ncontent.
In Component 1 there are greater demands on students’ application of research methods.
In Component 2 there are an additional 10 studies to apply to the 5 areas of psychological study.
Component 3: Applied psychology
Compulsory section on Issues in mental health.
Learners will also study two out of the following applied options:
- Child psychology
- Criminal psychology
- Environmental psychology
- Sports and exercise psychology
Who do I talk to?
Miss Brett or any member of staff from the Social Sciences Faculty will be pleased to talk to you.