Do you wonder why people behave in the way they do and what makes us behave in ways which are different to others? For example, why do some people get angry quite quickly while others are able to remain calm? Why do some people commit serious crimes like murder? Have you ever wondered about love and what makes us attracted to some people and not others? Do you have an enquiring mind, want to find answers, and enjoy discussion and debate? Then Psychology, a fascinating study of the human mind and behaviour, is for you.
Are there any recommendations for entry to the course?
GCSE passes at grade 6 in English, Mathematics and Science are preferred.
What will I study?
In the first year topics include memory, attachment, social influence and psychopathology. Students will explore how memory works, whether a deprived childhood influences later relationships and how can depression, phobias and OCD be explained and treated.
In the Upper Sixth, students specialise in three main areas. Firstly, the psychology of relationships, looking at why are we attracted to some people and not to others, why some relationships break down. Secondly, schizophrenia, asking what it is, what causes it and whether it can be cured. Finally, forensic psychology. This final topic looks into explanations of criminal behaviour and offender profiling. Examining what factors come together to create a truly dangerous individual such as a serial killer.
How will I be assessed?
All units are assessed via three two hour examinations.
What can study of this subject lead to?
Many students who study A Level Psychology go on to university to study at degree level. Psychology is a popular subject and universities usually specify high grades at A Level as entrance requirements. Psychology is useful in several careers such as counselling, teaching, sport, nursing, management, social work and the police. There are also specialist careers which can be followed in Psychology. For these you will need a degree in Psychology and
further training. These include Criminal Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Sports Psychology.