What does it involve?

Psychology is the scientific study of the human brain and behaviour. It is a fascinating, yet challenging, academic subject that requires students both to develop logically composed discussion and use scientific evidence to support their arguments.

Through the study of Psychology, students develop skills in critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The course includes a large research methods component in all topics covered and also enables students to further their understanding of mathematical concepts through the application of statistics in psychological research. The syllabus covers topics including: Approaches to and issues in psychology; Cognition and development; Social influence; Memory; Attachment; Psychopathology; Forensic psychology; Stress; Gender and Biopsychology.

Psychology is a subject that sits well with Science or Humanities subjects and is a very popular A-level choice.

How is it assessed?

At the end of the course, students are assessed through three two-hour written examination papers.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students will require a Grade 6 or above at English GCSE, the ability to present a clear and concise argument and an interest in human behaviour.

University or employment prospects?

Students wishing to become a professional Psychologist will need a Psychology degree accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society), followed by specialising in a particular area such as educational psychology or clinical psychology. This may involve a further two or three years of study. Psychology A-level is useful in many careers such as social work, medicine, law, advertising, teaching and police work.