Psychology A Level at Coombe Boys' School
Psychology is the scientific study of people: how they think, how they act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations behind it. Psychologists and psychological research have a big impact on all aspects of public life, particularly in areas such as education, health, the economy, industry, the media and government.
Studying psychology will not only provide you with a clearer picture into the science of human behaviour and attempts to explain it, but it will help you to investigate some of the following practical problems:
How can the courts ensure that eyewitness testimony is reliable? How can we help people overcome eating disorders, depression, stress or phobias? How can we speed recovery from brain injury? Why do some people suffer addictions? Is intelligence innate or acquired through experience?
As you can see, psychologists and psychiatrists have a valuable contribution to make to all areas of life!
7 A* - C grades including at least a C grade in English Language and Maths, and 2 A* - B grades in at least two GCSE Sciences. There is a large amount of research to investigate and become familiar with; therefore a capacity to engage enthusiastically with course material is essential.
There is also a key scientific (biology/chemistry) emphasis within AS and A2 as well as a statistical component to the course at A2, so students will need to be relatively confident with this. We expect students to read our additional comprehensive reading list and will seek evidence of this through assessment. Students are also expected to make full use of directed websites to aid their progression in the subject
AS Level Psychology
Introductory Topics in Psychology: Social influence, Memory, Attachment. 1 hour 30 minutes exam. 50% of AS level
Psychology in Context: Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, Research methods. 1 hour 30 minutes exam. 50% of AS level
A Level Psychology
Introductory Topics in Psychology: Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology. 2 hour exam. 33.3% of A level
Psychology in Context: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods 2 hour exam. 33.3% of A level
Issues and Options in Psychology: Issues & Debates in Psychology, Aggression, Eating Behaviour, Relationships. 2 hour exam. 33.3% of A level
Currently, there are over 300 psychology courses at degree level. It is an extremely popular and highly competitive subject to study at degree level with graduates being very employable due to the nature and variety of skills acquired at ‘A’-Level and University.
Typical psychology graduate careers include: Clinical psychology, Educational psychology, Sports psychology Forensic psychology Criminal psychology, Neuropsychology, Health psychology, Occupational psychology.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Boys' School directly.