Is Psychology the course for you?
In order to further assist you in this decision, some of our previous A Level Psychology students offer the following comments:
"If you do not have a sincere interest in the subject and aren't willing to work, revise and do background research then do not take the subject. However, if you are curious about the human mind and are hard working then Psychology is fascinating and a fantastic subject to study."
"Psychology is an interesting subject and is different to any other subject in school. You will enjoy it. However, you need a very wide understanding of science and need to be comfortable and able to write long essays. There is also a lot of individual research and a lot of work out of the classroom as well as reading you need to do alone. There is a lot of information to take in and in a very short period of time. It's a lot harder than I thought but more interesting than I could have imagined."
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Year 12 & 13
Exam Board and Syllabus number:
AQA Specification B
There are two externally tested units in at A/S level and two externally tested units at A2 level.
Both units are examined in two separate June exams. Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes and candidates will answer 3 questions on each unit.
Each unit is equally weighted (50% of AS and 25% of A2).
There will also be regular teacher assessment throughout the course.
There are no coursework components within this course.
Main topics covered:
The A/S course is made up of 2 units
1) Introducing Psychology
- Key Approaches
- Research Methods
- Gender Development
2) Social and Cognitive Psychology
- Remembering and Forgetting
- Social Influence
- Anxiety Disorders
Providing you achieve at least a D grade at A/S Level, you could continue the course to A2 Level in Year 13. Here you will study Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders, Cognitive Child Development, Forensic Psychology, Approaches, Debates and Methods.
Textbook: AS AQA Psychology B ISBNumber: 978-0-7487-9826-1 Billingham, Ladbrook, Standring, Teahan
- Mrs. K. Maidment (Subject Leader)
- Mrs. A. Campbell
The teaching base for the subject is found in the new I block. This smaller classroom is conducive to class discussion required at A level. Also it is possible for students to work on individual laptops in this room.
There may be opportunity to attend study days and revision lectures run by outside agencies.
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What skills will I gain?
You will acquire skills on this course that will enable you to do the following:
- analyse, interpret and evaluate data
- use critical and evaluative skills when carrying out research
- appreciate and understand individual, social and cultural diversity
Here are some careers that use the skills acquired in Psychology:
- Business Management
- Child Care Professional
- Civil Service
- Human Resources Professional
- Leisure and Amenity Management
- Management Consultant
- Merchant Navy – Officer
- Personnel Officer
- Social Worker
A career in Psychology?
Professional psychologists work in the following areas:
- Clinical Psychologists work with people who have become psychiatrically disturbed
- Child Psychologists work with children and their families
- Occupational Psychologists work in job selection and organisations
- Educational Psychologists work with children and schools
- Forensic Psychologists are trained in criminology and prison psychology
- Counselling Psychologists work with people who are recovering from trauma or have problems in living
- Health Psychologists work with health professionals to develop and promote good health in the population
- Sports Psychologists work with sports people to enhance their performance
- Psychotherapists help people to overcome maladaptive habits and anxieties