Psychology A-Level (AQA) at Harington School
Psychology is one of the most popular A-Level subjects and a very popular degree course. It is a fascinating yet challenging academic subject that demands the ability to compose a logically developed discussion, using scientific evidence to support your arguments. To succeed in psychology you will need a high standard of English and a logical approach to problems. Psychology is applied to many aspects of life. Sports teams, the police, schools, businesses and the media, all utilise psychological theory to improve performance, solve crime and understand behaviour.
The Psychology A-Level will equip you with the skills and knowledge to decode human behaviour in everyday life. You can expect to develop an understanding of different areas of psychology such as cognition, child development, social psychology and inidividual differences. You will also learn how topical issues, such as eyewitness testimony, the media and stress, can be better understood and managed by looking at them from a psychological perspective.
Each year, Harington School offers 150 places in Year 12 to students who meet our admissions criteria.
Our usual minimum requirements are:
- Five GCSEs at grade B or abov
- A*- C passes in Mathematics and English
There is an expectation that students will have achieve an A*-B grade in the subjects (or comparable subjects) that they wish to take at A-Level.
The Psychology A-Level will open the door for further study at degree level, a range of vocational courses and emoployment in many different areas. The opportunities in the job market are varied and wide ranging. You could choose to specialise in educational psychology, forensic psychology, sports psychology or counselling. Further study can lead to work in teaching and the skills developed on the course can be transferred to gain employment in healthcare, law and the media. At university level you can expect to gain access to courses like social science, criminology, health studies or further study in psychology.
Harington places a great emphasis on academic achievement and on providing challenging opportunities for personal development, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the individual Extended Project. These are essential when applying for the most prestigious universities. There will also be the opportunity to take the ABRSM grades in Music.
When choosing your A-Level subjects, you should take into consideration not only your personal strengths but also the requirements of any future courses you will wish to study post-18.
This is a very exciting time to join Harington School and our goal is to help you achieve the success you need to progress on to the next important stage of your education.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harington School directly.