Course: Psychology A-Level
Sixth Form College
FT / PT
What is normal? Are you normal? Why do you obey? Why do you conform? Is it your genes? Can you change a person’s behaviour? Want to understand why we do what we do? If you would like to be able to answer these type of questions with scientific answers, you will love Psychology! Psychology is about people; their biological processes, about how their minds work, their behaviour and their experiences. This course involves studying psychological theory and research across a wide area. It provides an awareness of the application and limitations of psychological knowledge. The course aims to develop an appreciation of the competencies, skills and knowledge required for university and employment.
Year One Study
- Social influence (e.g. how majorities and also minorities affect our behaviour);
- Memory (e.g. what goes wrong, and how to improve it);
- Attachment (e.g. how to recognise and develop a secure attachment);
- Psychopathology (e.g. explaining and treating depression, phobias and OCD);
- Research Methods (e.g. lab and field experiments, and experimental design).
Year Two Study
- Approaches in psychology: different explanations for behaviour;
- Biopsychology: the nervous system, and ways of investigating the brain;
- Research Methods: (extending on year one);
- Issues and debates: for example, discussion of free will and ethics in psychology;
- Relationships: e.g. factors in attraction, and theories of romantic relationships;
- Schizophrenia: e.g. explanations and therapies;
- Forensic Psychology: e.g. offender profiling, explanations and treatments.
What We Add
Constant feedback and communication, students gaining awareness of how to make progress by self and peer assessment. Students developing the confidence to discuss and participate, students able to reflect and become responsible for own learning, students becoming independent enquirers. Students constantly involved and collaborating in the enhancers to the whole learning process. Opportunities for trips, for example to the UEA and to a London Psychology Conference with examiners as contributors. Guest speakers from within the psychology spectrum. Opportunities to take part in psychological research.
You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A Level courses. Additional subject entry criteria: An average GCSE score of at least 5 and grade C (4 or 5) in GCSE Maths. (Core) and B in Additional Science (or B in GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics.)
Psychology or a related degree at university. Many others will go on to work in fields of employment where psychology is an advantage e.g. teaching, nursing, physiotherapy or social work. Psychology also links well to any career where you need to understand how people think, e.g. business, advertising, the police or the media. Psychology can lead to some very well paid and exciting careers.