Psychology is concerned with helping us understand the thoughts and behaviour of individuals. The course is interesting and challenging, covering many areas within psychology.
The AS Level course involves studying:
- The main approaches in psychology i.e. psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and biological.
- A variety of theories, for example social learning, theory of aggression and Freud’s theory of personality.
- Therapies, such as psychosurgery and dream analysis.
- Methods used by psychologists to carry out research e.g. questionnaires and experiments.
- Students will also have the opportunity to study ten pieces of psychological research covering many areas in psychology. The areas include language in animals, stress and health, causes of phobias, what men and women look for in relationships and obedience to authority.
The A Level course will require students to study:
- Research methods and issues in psychology e.g. various research methods and statistical tests. Issues include the ethics of using humans and non-human animals in psychological research and an evaluation of the scientific method.
- A variety of psychological controversies, such as the ethical costs in psychology measured against the scientific benefits, cultural and gender bias in psychology and is psychology a science?
- Topics studied include memory e.g. why we forget and different types of amnesia and relationships e.g. why we are attracted to some individuals and not others, why relationships break down and the nature of same sex relationships.
- Practical applications of psychology will also be looking at e.g. forensic psychology, which includes offender profiling, theories of why individuals become criminals and treatments and punishments.
The current specification is under review and we are awaiting information from WJEC regarding the exact content.
Seven GCSEs, with a B grade in English Language, essential for entry onto this course. B grade in Mathematics and Science desirable, particularly if interested in studying psychology at degree level.
A Level Psychology is essentially classroom based with AS and A Level students allocated 4.5 hours a week with lecturers.
Assessment is in the form of examinations.
Many of our students study psychology at degree level. This can lead to careers in areas such as criminal psychology, educational psychology, sports psychology and clinical psychology.
Psychology is useful for any occupation which involves working with people such as teaching, nursing, social work, human
resources and the police force.