A Level PsychologyA Level • Level 3
About the course
People like to offer their own reasons and explanations for why people do what they do, or react the way they react. Psychology goes beyond common sense and personal opinions, beyond subjective viewpoints and delves into empirically studying human behaviour. This is a two year study programme that will help you better understand people around you and even gain insight to yourself and your own behaviours. As part of the programme, we will assess the research methods used to study behaviour; from designing a study to analysing the data collected, you will develop an understanding of every step of conducting psychological research. We will assess how memory works, how we develop attachments to caregivers and outline mental health disorders such as phobias, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. A key component to the programme is understanding how different approaches in Psychology explain behaviour; how behaviourists oppose the view of neuropsychologists. In Psychology, there is plenty of discussion, debate and critical analysis of theories and research, applying to everyday life and current worldwide issues.
At least six GCSEs at grade 5 or above in a good range of subjects, including both English and Mathematics. Additional entry requirements for this course are: 5 in any Science, Maths & English Language
You will be assessed via 2 AS exams in year 1 and 3 A2 exams in year 2. The course is 100% exam based across the two years.
Careers & Progression
A large number of A Level students go on to Higher Education to study Psychology and/or Criminology, and a smaller number go on to study Education, all of which are relevant fields and their studies will be supported by the chosen units studied at A Level. Some may choose to go on to further study at Masters and Doctorate/PhD level after this in specialisms such as Health and Clinical Psychology, Criminal Psychology and Child/Educational Psychology. Many of our students go on to take part in summer psychological research internships, utilising their knowledge of the research methods learned over both the first and second year to guide them. Possible careers include: Play therapist Counsellor Education consultant Life coach Human resources officer Neuroscientist Psychotherapist Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Social researcher Mediator FE teacher
Extra curricular activities
Students have the opportunity to engage with multiple activities designed to enrich their time at college, to develop skills and knowledge that fall outside of the specification. Behind Bars Conference The Brain Guy Chester Zoo