Psychology Bridging Work

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“Choosing A Level Psychology opens so many doors in the working world – if you are somebody like me and are still deciding on a career path, A Level Psychology would be a great choice as it can lead to so many options in the future. In Year 12, the element I enjoyed most was being able to carry out my own experiment. This was fun to complete and also helped me understand certain units further by putting them into practice. If I had the chance to do things differently, it would be to research in advance. Ask your teacher what you will be learning in your next lesson and get a head start so that it becomes easier to listen and understand when it’s being taught.” – Jess

“I found that there is a big difference between how you study for GCSEs and A Levels. I had no previous experience in the field of psychology and was nervous about it. However, my teachers have guided me through the course and helped spark my passion in the subject. Throughout the course I have enjoyed learning about the multitude of theories that provide us with reasons about why humans behave the way they do, and I am looking forward to learning new and exciting things in Year 13. If given the opportunity to start this course again I would find it easier to create deadlines, not only for my homework but for my revision. This would have given me extra confidence and reassurance before entering the exam hall.” – Ezara

“Psychology is a challenging subject but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Year 12 Psychology has introduced me to a world I didn’t know existed and I find myself reading way past the specification just to find that, in the few things that we do know about the subject, there are oceans of things we don’t – and these oceans keep exapnding. When considering A Level Psychology as an option last year, I knew I was interested in people and behaviour, but was put off by comments about essays. If you are in the same place, don’t let this make the decision for you. They’re not as scary as you imagine (coming from someone who originally took three non-essay subjects I wasn’t interested in just to avoid the essays). Most of the time I really enjoy the process of writing these; looking back and seeing how far I’ve come from the start of the year. As a result, my writing, knowledge and interest in other subjects has improved. I have particularly enjoyed the Year 12 topic on Biopsychology and look forward to the rest of the topic in Year 13. (It has also really helped with my Biology A Level.) I think there is something for everyone in A Level Psychology so, if you have an interest in learning about people, yourself, behaviour, memory, mental health, speak to someone about it or have a read of the specification. I’m so glad I changed my mind about the path I was heading down in order to study something that truly interested me.” – Kasey

Watch this TED Talk and write about the causes for depression and anxiety. It should be no more than 500 words and brought in the first full week in Year 12 lessons.

There are some excellent podcasts which introduce you to a variety of psychological topics including mental health, creativity, ethics, motivation and forensic psychology. Listen to them here https://www.verywellmind.com/psychology-podcasts-2794800
There are also lots of very interesting books on themes such as mental illness, persuasion, habit, motivation and evil amongst others. See some suggestions here; https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/psychology
Finally, documentaries  on BBC iPlayer and Netflix regarding crime and mental health are both fascinating and educational and many link really well to the A level course. Keep an eye out for them!

 

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