Psychology A-Level is an exciting, multi-faceted subject which focuses on the study of the human mind and behaviour. It includes many sub-fields of study such as human development, social behaviour, and cognitive processes.
Why do humans behave the way we do? How does our brain chemistry alter our behaviour? What causes schizophrenia? These are just some examples of the fascinating questions that will be answered whilst studying A-Level Psychology
AQA Psychology A-Level looks to explore the main topics in psychology by analysing and evaluating key studies, key research and major psychological concepts. This information is then applied into short and long (essay based) answers. As well as the analysis of statistical data to form conclusions.
An A Level in psychology can be the starting point of a career within a specialist area of psychology or can feature in a range of A Levels forming the basis for application to university to study just about any course from Business to Medicine.
There is no bad combination of subjects when it comes to A-Level Psychology
Lord Wandsworth College follows the AQA specification. The A-Level course has 8 compulsory content modules taught in year 1 and three choice modules taught in year 2. There are three examinations, each two hours long, with 96 marks available per paper. There is no coursework component.
Some example topics are: Social Influence, Memory, Research Methods, Biopsychology, Attachment, Schizophrenia, Cognition & Development, Aggression, Psychopathology.
Overall, Psychology is a fascinating and exciting subject to study at A-Level. It Is accepted by all universities as a strong A-Level choice, and it can lead to a multitude of career options in the future. At the current time of writing, it is the second most popular A-Level in the United Kingdom, this is reflected at LWC as it is a very popular subject choice in the Sixth Form.