WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Your teachers are some of the best in the business- friendly, experienced, full of ideas and real experts in their subject. Above all they are committed to helping you to get the grades you need for whatever you plan to do next. As an A-Level Psychology student you will have much more independence and responsibility for your own learning. However, your teachers are always available to offer you support and guidance.
The course will provide you with a sound understanding of how we as individuals interact and behave in our own unique way, but also how similar we all are to each other. If you are interested in the way in which people behave and want a greater understanding of the various methods and approaches used in psychology then this could be the subject for you.
We follow the well-established and popular AQA Psychology course which can be studied to A-Level. The course content covers a variety of modules which will include: Social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology, and approaches to psychology, biopsychology, research methods, issues and debates in psychology, relationships, gender, schizophrenia and addiction.
A good GCSE grade in Science and in Mathematics is recommended. Modern Psychology is very scientific and there is a significant amount of mathematical understanding required in the analysis of experiments and statistics. There is also a strong influence of biological science in the course. However, there is no requirement of prior knowledge of psychology when embarking on this demanding A Level. You also need to be able to communicate well in writing in order to demonstrate your understanding. Finally you must be able to commit large amounts of information such as the names of brain chemicals and the authors of research papers to memory. In short, successful psychology students need a broad range of skills and a strong desire to develop these skills further.
There are three examinations at the end of the A Level course. These assess knowledge and the ability to apply understanding of the course and the skill of interpretation and evaluation. These are assessed through multiple choice, short answer and extended writing. There is no coursework to complete in A Level Psychology though there is an expectation that students are trained to carry out their own independent research exercises, collecting, analysing and reaching conclusion based on their own observations.
The course is modern and challenging. As one of the most popular optional subjects nationally, competition for grades and to get into the best higher education courses is often fierce. However, by studying this course you will also have a better understanding of your relationships with others, of difficult issues such as the mental illness and of useful skills such as learning and memory. All things that will serve you well in whatever you choose to do in later life.
AS/A2 Psychology can specifically help with careers in counselling and therapy, education, medicine and social work, sport, business, policing and crime related fields. Psychology develops the valuable and critical thinking skills that many employers are searching for. A significant proportion of our students have developed a love of learning through this subject and gone on to study psychology and psychology related courses at university.