an introduction a-level psychology

A brief overview from our A-level teachers.

What does it involve?

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; Social influence; Memory; Attachment; Psychopathology; Schizophrenia; Relationships, Aggression 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. These contain a mixture of short-answer, application and essay-style questions.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students will require a good pass in GCSE Biology, English and Maths, 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 forensic psychology or clinical psychology. This may involve a further two or three years of study. Psychology A-level is also useful in many other careers such as social work, medicine, law, advertising, teaching and police work.