A Level Programme

Psychology A Level

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About this course

Psychology is a scientific exploration of human behaviour and emotion. It uses different psychological perspectives to explain both normal and abnormal behaviours.

What will I learn?

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 and have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to small scale investigations.

You will also 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 mental illness, and theories of crime.

Finally you will also cover issues and debates in Psychology including whether human behaviour is determined or due to free will.

How will I be assessed?

The AS course is assessed by 2 written exams at the end of the year. The A level course is assessed by 3 written exams at the end of the second year.

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level course, including Counselling, Teaching and the Social Science Foundation Degree
  • University - a range of related degrees
  • Careers - a large range of opportunities that include social and psychological professions, teaching, law, journalism and business

Additional Information

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

A range of enrichment opportunities are available. In the past academic year trips have included a number of university visits, a tour of the Freud Museum and a trip to Krakow, Poland.

Psychology combines very well with Sociology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, Communication & Culture and Biology.