Psychology

Studying Psychology at A level will enable students to engage with psychological studies that changed the face of the social sciences in classic and contemporary times. Students will learn to compare, apply and evaluate their psychological knowledge to real-world issues; in particular our chosen topics in year 13 will allow students to apply their knowledge to Criminals and Athletes.

Aims

To develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other. To develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods. To develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills. To develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject. To understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

Exam board: OCR
Syllabus title: A Level in Psychology
Course code: H567 (2 year full course, A level)

Course content

Coursework
A Level psychology:

Component 1: Research Methods. Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques

Component 2: Psychological themes through core studies. Introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study.

Component 3: Applied psychology including; issues in mental health, criminal psychology and sport and exercise psychology.

Assessment and weighting

2 year course: 3 x 2 hour exams (all end of year 2, one for each component). All questions are compulsory and are a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and essay answer questions.

All skills are assessed across all three papers; AO1 knowledge, AO2 application and AO3 evaluation.

Trips/visits

Trips include visits to the Freud museum, conferences with Southwest Conferences where the students can meet and hear from psychologists who are in their exam specification and in their exams. We also offer the opportunity to visit Krakow every 2 years to visit places such as Auschwitz, Schindlers museum and the Jewish ghettos.

Future opportunities/ career

The new A level course provides students with a good foundation to go on to study Psychology at a higher level, to explore the psychological issues in today’s society and eventually become practitioners themselves. Psychology is a well-respected A Level and demonstrates to universities that students are able to use a range of skills such as planning, conducting and analysing data,
designing scientific research and debating psychological issues.

It is a very versatile degree and offers students a range of avenues to explore at higher levels. The study of Psychology can lead to a wide range of career opportunities such as Marketing, Human Resources, Business, Clinical, Sports or Educational Psychology.

Qualifications/ School record

Required

  • 6 in GCSE English, Maths and Biology
  • 6 or above in GCSE Psychology (if taken before)
  • 95% attendance in year 11
  • Good attitude to learning

Desirable

  • 6 or above in another social sciences GCSE such as Sociology or RS
  • 6 or above for a Higher Project Qualification

Attitude/Qualities

  • Hard working
  • Motivated
  • Enthusiastic
  • Confident in essay and maths ability

Skills

Required:

  • Good writing skills
  • Enjoys analysing and researching
  • Is not “afraid” of statistics
  • Organised

Desirable:

  • Designing and conducting research
  • Happy to work in a group or independently
  • Report writing

Experience

Required:

  • Someone who is keen to study human behaviour and has an interest in the way the mind works.
  • Has experience in conducting experiments such s in science.