Psychology A Level

Overview

Psychology relates to every aspect of our daily lives. Everyone is a ‘naive Psychologist’, in which we attempt to understand the behaviour of others. However, Psychology seeks to study mind and behaviour in a scientific and objective way. The course can be broken down into two main areas. Firstly it looks at methods used by Psychologists to investigate behaviour. Secondly it examines phenomenon such as multiple personality, the influence of role models, inter-group dynamics and brain functioning, to name but a few.

What goes well with this course?

Most subjects have some relevance to Psychology as it involves human interaction and perception. Combinations could include:

  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Sport
  • Health & Social Care
  • English Literature
  • Art
  • Biology
  • History
  • Politics

Progression

The field of Psychology is vast as it encapsulates all human behaviour. It is an extremely well respected and valued subject by employers, businesses and higher education establishments. It is considered to be a Science, yet its students are required to have many other skill sets, including essay writing.

Occupations that are commonly associated with Psychology include:

  • The Civil Service
  • Law
  • Sport
  • Clinical occupations
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Research Analysis
  • Police Force
  • Counselling Services

Course Content

Students will need to understand and evaluate the main principles of various approaches in Psychology, including Cognitive, Biological, Social and Behaviourist explanations and how these can be applied to modern day issues in society. This could include both clinical and forensic applications.

Students will also be expected to discuss the issues and debates raised in these themes and provide empirical evidence to support their arguments, which will draw on the content taken throughout the course.

There will be three exams at A Level. One of the assessments at A Level will be based on investigating behaviour and will assess a student's ability to apply and evaluate various methods of research to specific scenarios. This will involve a large degree of data analysis using mathematical formulae, as well as planning and discussing how to conduct the research.

 

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Psychology A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, this has included a visit to London Zoo to see how behaviourism is used to train animals with regards to feeding and receiving medical treatment.

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Assessment

This course is 100% examination based. There are three exams for the A Level course.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 5 in any Science

This is a new subject for most students, and therefore students must be prepared to learn a large number of new and complex concepts relatively quickly.

This would suit students who are:

  • self-disciplined
  • open to new ideas
  • able to express ideas verbally
  • able to analyse data
  • able to work independently or as a group
  • organised in the way they structure their class notes
  • able to evaluate using empirical evidence

Students should be good at written and spoken communication, as well as competent with data analysis.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level in Psychology information leaflet.

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