Psychology

Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – AQA

Course Description

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour: how we think, feel, act and interact both individually and in groups. In A Level Psychology we learn about each of the approaches to explaining the way your thoughts and feelings act and interact – what makes you, ‘you’.

A Level Psychology is designed to give you an introduction to a broad range of topics in the field, and provides the basis for a number of engaging debates on what is at the heart of human nature.

Students studying Psychology at A Level have gone on to study the subject at degree level and see the subject as an ideal stepping stone to this additional study. It also complements other subjects incredibly well; if you’re looking at completing a mostly scientific programme, it acts as an excellent addition but equally complements humanities and arts subjects.

If you have an interest in what makes us ‘tick’ and a fascination with why people behave in the way they do then Psychology is the ideal subject for you. A Level Psychology is designed to give you an introduction to a broad range of topics in the field, and provides the basis for a number of engaging debates on what is at the heart of human nature.

Psychology A Level can help you progress onto many different degrees such as psychology, nursing, childhood studies, sport and criminology. Career opportunities include teaching and education, clinical psychologist, police work, sport, health services and social work.

Interesting fact about studying this at S6C

Psychology students take part in ‘Brain Day’ each year. In 2020 this included a visit from Dr Stutton, a prominent neuroscientist, explored the effects of addition on the brain and the factors which affect schizophrenia and dissected a sheep’s brain to investigate which parts of the brain affect which functions.

Assessment

Each paper is assessed by a 2 hour exam at the end of the second year.

Equipment Required: Scientific calculator

General Entry Requirements

5 GCSE qualifications with minimum grade 4

Subject Specific Requirements

Level 5 Mathematics
Level 5 – English
Level 5 – Science

What Our Students Think

“I have found Psychology to be a unique and stimulating subject to study. I have also developed beneficial skills such as essay writing and statistical analysis.”
Gemma, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School