Psychology A Level at Philip Morant School and College
Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes. It is a subject to which we can all relate events in our own lives and it is hoped that students will find the course interesting and challenging. Its diverse subject matter ranges from the activity of a single brain cell to the conflicts of a complex society. If you are interested in questions such as: Why do some people suffer from stress and mental illness? Is personality inherited or learned? What makes us obey others? How can we improve memory? then you should consider taking this course.
As well as carrying out practical work, students will examine the different methods psychologists employ to carry out their research. You will develop a number of skills, not least, how to plan and conduct ethical scientific investigations and how to analyse and interpret data. You will also develop your evaluation and written communication skills. By the end of the course you will be able to communicate more effectively, put your point of view across fluently and view the world around you from a number of different perspectives.
Psychology combines well with both science and humanities subjects at A Level. While Statistics (Maths) and Biology have particular relevance, being an essentially human interest subject, Law, Sociology or Health & Social Care also complement this subject.
The A Level course is made up of three units:
Paper one includes a number topics such as; social influence comprising conformity and obedience, memory, including the study of theories related to memory as well as eyewitness testimony and explanations of attachment.
Paper two covers a number of different psychological approaches, psychopathology covering abnormality and mental health and the biopsychology of stress. Students will also gain an excellent grounding in data analysis and research methodology.
The third unit covers a number of optional topics such as cognition and development, aggression, forensic psychology, relationships or stress.
Psychology is a challenging subject which requires good writing, comprehension and evaluative skills. Its use of scientific methods to investigate psychological questions means that students will need to have achieved grades 5,5 (or C,C) or above in the double Science award at GCSE. Students who have studied statistics at GCSE will also be at an advantage. In addition, students will need to carry out independent reading and research as well as answer essay style questions. Students should also have achieved a grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language.
Specification: AQA 7182
Assessment is via written examination only.
A Level psychology comprises three, two hour examinations to be sat at the end of the course. Each paper is equally weighted, contributing one third of the final A Level award.
Psychology students have skills and knowledge relevant to careers in education, industry, the health professions, management and social services.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.