Psychology A level at St Michael's Church of England High School
Psychology is an exciting subject which attempts to understand how the mind works and to explain why individuals behave in certain ways. Psychology will give you the opportunity to gain greater self-knowledge by making you more aware of your own behaviour and the motivations behind your own actions and thoughts. You will have the opportunity to study psychological research and theories which can be used to explain many different human behaviours.
At AS, you will study Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods. At A-level, you will study all of the units above along with Issues and Debates in Psychology, Cognition and Development, Schizophrenia and Aggression. Examination papers are in the form of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.
Grade C in GCSE Mathematics
Examination – Paper 1 (Introductory Topics in Psychology) AS (50%)
Examination – Paper 2 (Psychology in Context) AS (50%)
Examination – Paper 1 (Introductory Topics in Psychology) A Level (33.3%) 2 hours
Examination – Paper 2 (Psychology in Context) A Level (33.3%) 2 hours
Examination – Unit 3 (Issues and Options in Psychology) A Level (33.3%) 2 hours
All assessment is via external examination following the AQA specification.
You can study Psychology or other related degree courses, e.g. Child Development, Educational Psychology, at university. You can also combine Psychology with a wide range of other subjects. Studying Psychology will provide you with many transferable skills which can lead to a variety of career opportunities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Church of England High School directly.