Psychology is a popular choice of subject for AS and A level. Many of the students who take A level Psychology go on to study the subject at university.
So what is Psychology?
Psychology is the study of behaviour. It is a subject that forms a link between the biological sciences and the social sciences. Studying this course does not mean that students will be able to read people’s minds or be a qualified psychiatrist after one year. Psychology has recently been classified as a Science by the QCA, and it combines well with both Arts and Science courses at A level.
Aims of the course
This course encourages students to:
- Study psychological theories, research, terminology, concepts, studies and methods.
- Develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
- Develop an understanding of different areas of Psychology, including the core areas of Cognitive, Social, Developmental Physiological Psychology and Individual Differences and Research Methods.
- Design and report psychological investigations and analyse and interpret data.
- Develop an understanding of ethical issues in Psychology, including the ethical implications of psychological research.
Course followed: AQA Psychology A 7182: AS/A level in Psychology
It is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE. However, as this is a subject that needs competent written answers, then a grade B in English would be useful. At A2 Level, the entry assessment is by essays.
For AS the subject content includes:
- Social influence
- Approaches in Psychology
- Research methods
For the A level possible areas of study include:
- Cognition and development
- Eating behaviour
- Forensic Psychology