Psychology - A Level - Year 1

Psychology is a scientific exploration of human behaviour and emotion. On this course you will have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the main theoretical perspectives within the subject, including; biological, behavioural, cognitive, psychodynamic and the positive approach. You will study research methods and understand how psychological investigations are carried out. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to your own small-scale investigations and develop skills that will allow you to collect and analyse data using statistical analysis.

In addition, you will study the application of Psychology to real life looking specifically at the causes of schizophrenia, addiction and theories of crime. Finally, you will cover issues and debates in Psychology including whether sexism and culture bias still exist within Psychology.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by 3 written exams at the end of the second year. Each exam is worth 100 marks and is 2hr15mins long. Essay style answers are required.

You will sit mock exams throughout the 2 years.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6, including Psychology or another Humanities subject and 3 at Grade 5, including Maths, English and Science.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses including Teaching.
  • University - related degrees including Psychology, Criminology, Politics and Law.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Psychologist, Counsellor or Teacher.

Additional information

Students who take Psychology should expect to conduct wider reading in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

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