Psychology

The A levels I studied at TC have helped me because we were never spoon fed information - learning independently was really encouraged. This prepares you for university where everything is about self-study. It's good for confidence too because you think ‘I did it then so there's no reason why I can't do it now.’ Learning how to manage the A level workload was also a big help, having multiple assignments all at once doesn't seem as bad as it should because I was pushed to work just as hard at TC. Also in terms of my course I'd already covered a lot of the material in A Level psychology, I've never been so glad to have studied research methods!

Psychology remains one of the most popular subjects for students to study at A-Level. The subject encompasses the whole of human (and animal) behaviour. Throughout the course, students will gain an in depth understanding of the various approaches towards the study of the brain and behaviour. The skills learned in psychology also come in useful with other subjects; the A-level course will give students an in-depth understanding of scientific methodology and statistical analysis.

Psychology continues to be a popular choice for degree level study. A degree in psychology can lead to opportunities for post-graduate study in areas such as counselling, clinical psychology, occupational psychology, educational psychology, sports psychology and many more!

An A Level in psychology can be beneficial for anyone, even if you choose not to study the subject any further. Psychology is useful in any career that deals with people. It is also a good subject to take in combination with other A-Levels, such as Biology, PE and English.

A LEVEL CURRICULUM OUTLINE

Year 12: Split into two components.

  • C1: Approaches in psychology: Pupils will learn about the nature of psychology, and the various ways in which the science of human behaviour can be approached. The five approaches studied are: biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and positive.
  • C2: Research methods: The “nuts and bolts” of psychology. Pupils will learn about the various experimental and non-experimental ways that psychologists carry out research and the variety of ways in which results can be analysed and conclusions drawn.

How is it assessed: two exams, each 1 hour 45 minutes (one for each component).

Year 13: The above, plus one extra component.

  • C3: Applications of psychology: Pupils will learn about how psychology can aid our understanding of real world issues, and how the findings of research can be used to modify behaviour. The three topics covered are: schizophrenia, criminal behaviour and addiction.

In Y13, pupils will also have the opportunity to design, carry out, and draw conclusions from their own studies. This will give them valuable hands on experience of psychological research.

How is it assessed: three exams, each 2 hours 15 minutes (one for each component).

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES/ FIELD TRIPS

Newly founded Psychology club as part of the extended school day. Open to all pupils from Y10 and up who want to learn more about the subject, and carry out their own experiments.

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