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Garth Hill College

'A' Level Psychology

Psychology is the science of human behaviour and the brain. Students study eleven units across the two years and complete two AS exams in Year 12, and three A Level exams in Year 13. All assessment is examination-based.

Course Details

AS level (Year 1) (two examinations):

Introduction to Psychology

  • Memory
  • Attachment (child psychology)
  • Social influence

Psychology in Context

  • Psychopathology (depression, OCD and phobias)
  • Research methods (scientific methods and ethical issues)
  • Approaches in psychology (learning, cognitive and biological approaches)
  • Biological psychology (the brain, stress and sleep)

A Level (Year 2) - all of the above plus:

Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Issues and debates in psychology (nature vs. nurture, social sensitivity)
  • Aggression
  • Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Advanced research methods (including statistical analysis)

What do I need to study A Level Psychology?

  • It is recommended that you have a Grade 6 in English and Mathematics, as 10% of A Level Psychology is comprised of Maths skills and you will be required to write essays explaining and evaluating psychological theory.
  • The ability to read material critically and evaluate it thoughtfully
  • Ability to research and revise independently
  • Confidence with handling data and using simple statistical information
  • Genuine enthusiasm to explore human thinking and behaviour from different perspectives

Where can A Level Psychology take me?

The study of psychology is relevant to many careers outside the specialised field of psychology, such as teaching, social work, the armed forces and police, childcare, advertising and marketing, journalism, public relations, medical careers and legal services.

Professional careers in psychology include teaching and research, psychotherapy, clinical psychology, counselling, health, forensic, occupational and educational psychology.