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Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour.

Psychologists study human behaviour as a clue to the workings of the mind. Everything we do, think, feel and say psychologists take as raw data for testing their theories about how the mind works.

Mrs Hills
Head of Psychology
ghills@dsfc.unity-ed.uk

“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)

The Course
Psychology can be an excellent subject to study alongside both science and humanities subjects. It develops skills such as analysis, evaluation, numeracy and literacy. This makes it an ideal subject when applying to university and people with an A Level in Psychology have gone on to study degree in Nursing, Teaching, Medicine, Social Work, Physiotherapy and Zoology, as well as Psychology itself. It is one of the most popular subjects at the College. This is a reflection of the quality of teaching, support for students and the consistently excellent results our students achieve.

We follow the AQA specification, a course that provides an excellent and broad introduction to psychology.

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Year 1

Over the two years of the A Level you will study the following:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in psychology
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Year 2

  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods
  • Biopsychology
  • Issues and debates in psychology
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic psychology

Assessment
You will be assessed at the end of the two year course through three examinations of two hours each.

Entry Requirements
Minimum 65444 including Level 5 in English Language or Literature GCSE.

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