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An ability to write well and to evaluate, sometimes conflicting, theories about the topics covered is essential. Most important, though, is a genuine curiosity about the way humans think and behave.

 

Why Study Psychology?

A level psychology would complement a range of other A levels, including the sciences, humanities, languages, PE, business education and the creative arts. 

If you have ever wondered whether a serial killer’s brain is different from yours; whether our intelligence is genetic or learnt; what areas of the brain are linked to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or depression, then psychology is probably the subject for you.

Psychology is divided into different schools of thought, making for a rich landscape of views, equipping you with a wide range of perspectives which can be employed critically to engage deeply with the course content. 

Utilising the scientific method, you will continually learn research methods throughout the course. This not only equips students with the skills necessary to interpret data and findings of published studies, but prepares students who wish to pursue psychology or other sciences as degree subjects.

 

Content

Studying psychology will enable pupils to gain a greater understanding of elements such as: how and why people interact in different ways, the science behind our decision-making and how humans have evolved to behave in the way that they do. 

Pupils choosing psychology should have a solid background in both English and maths, as there are essays to write and statistical analysis to complete. A good grade in biology is also advised. 
 
Analysis, communication and practical skills are the main elements of the course. 

You will develop the ability to consider a topic from multiple perspectives with a view to developing a critical and evidence-based evaluation, and be introduced to basic data handling (including numeracy), applying appropriate research methods and statistical procedures. Problem solving, and fitting psychological theory and knowledge will help you to apply theory to real world settings.

Field trips where possible, and hearing from visiting speakers, will enhance your understanding and broaden your knowledge of the subject.

Simon Noyce

BSc, University of East London
Head of Psychology

Rachel Florey

BSc, University of Bath and University of Exeter
Psychnology Teacher
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