“Of all A-levels, Psychology has the greatest potential for changing the lives of its students.”
Having a good grasp of what Psychology is all about is essential for anybody wanting to explore the subject at an Advanced Level of study.
Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviour. The word "psychology" comes from the Greek word psyche meaning "breath, spirit, soul", and the Greek word logia meaning the “study of” something. Put simply, it is the study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour. Psychologists are interested in how we think, feel, act and interact both individually and in groups.
Psychologists seek to understand the motivations underlying our behaviour and aim to analyse mental processes in a scientific manner.
In essence, you should study this course if you are genuinely interested in what makes people tick!
You will develop:
- skills of critical analysis and evaluation
- an understanding of different areas of Psychology
- competence in designing and reporting investigations, analysing and interpreting data
- an awareness of key issues and debates in Psychology
- a greater level of self-discovery
Psychology is a popular subject at LPGS. Many of our students have commented that it provides an excellent crossover with many other subject disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, sociology, economics, law, drama and even history.
What we expect from our students
In Psychology, we study sensitive issues and debates and above all we expect our students to show care and consideration for others at all times.
We expect our students to set themselves high standards to achieve. Our staff work closely with students to ensure that they constantly reflect upon their progress and set a personalised path for improvement. This is aided by regular timed questions in class, mock examinations and short tests to provide the experience and practice of revising and writing under timed conditions. Homework enhances the work that we do in class and may take the form of practising examination questions, preparing for a presentation, revision, research investigation tasks etc.
We expect Psychology students to take responsibility for their learning, actions and behaviours; to complete class and homework to the best of their ability and within the time frame given.
Key Stage 5: A Level Psychology (AQA)
Description of Course
Psychology is a popular subject, which provides a link between the social and natural sciences by studying aspects of the human mind and behaviour. The Year 12 syllabus provides a broad-based introduction to many of the fascinating topics in Psychology. In Year 13 students will develop and further their understanding to a more advanced level and will then be examined at the end of Year 13 to give them the full A-Level qualification. The course covers a range of topics in depth for those wishing to further develop their interest and enjoyment in Psychology.
A level Units
- Paper 1 - Social Influence in Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Psychopathology
- Paper 2 - Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, and Research Methods
- Paper 3 - Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression
A good standard of written English plus the ability to discuss and analyse logically is essential.
This specification contains an emphasis on scientific concepts and skills and some elements of mathematics; therefore you must have good grades in these subjects.
You must achieve a GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics, grade 5 in Science and grade 6 in English
Method of Assessment
A Level - 3 written examinations lasting 2 hours
Contact Name Miss C Hull – Head of Psychology
Educational Progression and Career Opportunities
Psychology involves the systematic study of mind and behaviour. It develops logical thought and analysis of abstract concepts. Psychology Advanced level is acceptable for a wide range of science, social science and humanities courses in further and higher education. Specialisation in psychology could lead to a range of careers including clinical or educational psychology, counselling, occupational or forensic psychology.