What kind of student would enjoy this course?
Anyone who is interested in studying people and how and why they behave as they do. You should be confident in English as you will need to write long essays, and in mathematics as this will also be assessed in examinations. More importantly, you need an inquiring mind and an open attitude to conflicting explanations – often there are no ‘right’ answers.
What will I study?
With the Psychology specification changing this year AS examination results will not count towards A2 results. It is likely that all students will be entered for AS in the first instance, so will sit two examinations at the end of year 12. The course content includes:
Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research methods.
In addition to the above AS material, 3 subjects chosen from Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development, Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction.
Through studying this course you will have opportunities to understand how and why we remember things, how we develop attachments to key people around us and what these attachments mean for our development. You will also explore mental health and illness and you will find that every topic has some relevance to people and everyday life.
What skills will I learn?
You will learn to become more independent in your research skills and approaches to study, and more confident in analysing and writing about the strengths and limitations of theories and research studies in a focussed way. The skills you learn will prepare you for Higher Education.
What could I do at the end of my course?
You could go on to study Psychology at University, which could lead to a variety of careers within Psychology. It is also a useful subject if you wish to study any subject related to people, for example within medicine, health and social care, law, media and organisations and management. Top Universities will require Biology; other subjects which link well include RS, PE, English Literature and Mathematics.