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Psychology


What will I learn?

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology:

Options

  • 1 - Gender

Including androgyny, biological, cognitive and psychodynamic explanations for gender development, culture and media influences and atypical gender development.

  • 2 - Stress

Including androgyny, biological, cognitive and psychodynamic explanations for gender development, culture and media influences and atypical gender development.

  • 3 - Aggression

Including biological, evolutionary, and social psychological explanations for aggression, aggression in prisons and media influences on aggression.

Who should choose Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour so if you are interested in people and why they think, feel and do the things they do then you may find this subject interesting. It is appealing to those with a strong curiosity about people and, to a lesser extent, animal behaviour too. It is also a great subject if you enjoy debating, discussion and weighing up evidence to come to a reasoned conclusion.

Students studying Science/Maths combinations may welcome the chance to include a subject which involves developing skills in critical essay writing. Conversely, for students with an Arts/Humanities leaning, the possibility of including one of the more accessible science subjects, which involves numeracy, report and essay writing and a critical, evidence-based approach, may be seen as desirable.

What other subjects go well with Psychology?

Psychology combines well with a large variety of other A Levels. It is regarded by medical schools as being a qualifying science subject. It combines particularly well with Biology, but there is no subject which would not combine well with Psychology.

Most universities consider Psychology a science subject and so combining it with one of the other sciences, maths or geography may give greater breadth of choice when considering it as a degree option.

Course details
  • Assessment Full A Level (two year course)
  • Three written papers: Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (Two hours)

  • 33.3%, 96 marks – Four equally weighted sections comprising of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (essay).

Paper 2 Psychology in Context (Two hours)

  • 33.3 %, 96 marks – Three equally weighted sections comprising of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (essay).

Paper 3 Issues and Options in Psychology (Two hours)

  • 33.3%, 96 marks – Four equally weighted sections comprising of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (essay).
Beyond the Classroom

A Level Psychology is a hugely popular subject which is highly valued by both universities and employers. The course provides evidence for a comprehensive understanding of the scientific approach to research and the ability to critically assess research and theories. During this A level, students will have the opportunity to design their own research and gather data for analysis including inferential statistical testing. 

Outside the classroom pupils have many enrichment opportunities including attending a Psychology in Action Conference at Warwick University, a Brain Day with a nationally renowned neuroscientist and partake in real world research with the University of Surrey.

Psychology as a degree opens many doors, not just as a Chartered Psychologist but in many other graduate jobs where the uniquely varied skills offered by this subject may come in useful.

If you require any further information, please contact Ms Ostrander: s.ostrander@kingshighwarwick.co.uk

"I've always had a genuine fascination with people and what it is that makes us think, feel and act the way we do. I'm curious about what sways our decisions and influences our actions and I find it intriguing how advanced the human brain is with its ability to keep up with the pace of life . Studying psychology has given me answers to these questions and enabled me to appreciate that nothing is 'black or white.' I love the debate that this sparks across the field as it forces me to challenge my own beliefs." Poppy, Lower Sixth