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 a range of human behaviours including the development of abnormal behaviour.

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.

What will I learn?

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 schizophrenia, theories of criminal behaviour and theories of addiction.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through written exams.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade B/6 and 3 at Grade C/4.

Additional Requirements: Grade 5 in Maths and English and Grade C/4 in Science

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level course, including Teaching and the Social Science Foundation Degree
  • University - related degree such as Psychology, Philosophy, Politics, Law and Criminology

Additional Information

The course is linear and the 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. 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, Biology, Criminology, Health & Social Care, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Law.