Psychology A Level
Subject Leader: Mrs N Gok
Subject Leader: Mrs N Gok
We aim to offer an engaging and effective introduction to the topic of Psychology by providing a broad (yet in-depth) overview of the different fields within the subject. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills, all of which are highly valued by Higher Education and employers.
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. It is a multifaceted discipline which includes many sub-fields of study, including areas such as human development, sports, health, clinical, social behaviour and cognitive processes. It seeks to understands individual and group behaviour and explain these behaviours through general principles and through the use of research.
Students are not required to have studied psychology previously, but do need to have adequately developed their literacy and numeracy skills and are required to have a very good understanding of the sciences (especially Biology). It is a two year course which is assessed through 3 exam papers at the end of the two years. Students have an opportunity to develop knowledge of Psychology through a stimulating array of topics.
Paper 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology
Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research methods
Paper 3: Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology
Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts/theories/research, apply their understanding in a range of contexts, and analyse, interpret and evaluate the concepts/theories/research. Student will also need to understand the purpose and steps involved in a range of psychological treatments/therapies and evaluate these in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness. Knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills will also be assessed across all three exam papers.
As A Level psychology supports the development of many skills, including critical thinking, communication and problem solving, it will help to prepare you for an exciting future and a wide prospect of careers. The most common subject studied at university after completing an A Level in Psychology include Psychology, English studies, Sociology, Forensic Psychology/Criminology, Business Studies, Nursing, Advertisement and Marketing, Human Resources, Teaching, Sport and Exercise Science and Law.
Search for or click the links below to access articles/websites with useful and interesting information about psychology.
- BPS Research Digest – Check out the most recent research in psychology on the BPS Research Digest website.
- SimplyPsychology – Use these website for prior reading of the course content.
- AQA A-Level Psychology – Use this website to gain information on what the course consists of and how it is assessed.
Former Student who studying your subject that went on to study it at Uni?
Feedback from Haby Tomy who did A-Level Psychology at St Anne’s and is now study Psychology at Queen Mary’s: (Possible Box that pops up with Quote (To Be Shortened)
I think that psychology is one of the best-taught subjects at St Anne’s sixth form and Mrs Gok teaches it with a lot of time and dedication. Every topic is explored thoroughly and with a lot of extra detail, especially the more difficult aspects such as research methods and biopsychology. This was also followed by continuous practice through homework assignments, quizzes, and your weekly support interventions. I feel like this really helped develop a very strong foundation for psychology in me which I could also apply to university. I can confidently say that I had an advantage during the first semester where they recapped the basics of psychology, in fact, I was always able to add more to what the lecturers were teaching because St Anne’s had prepared me so well.
In my opinion, essay writing skills were one of the best things I learnt through the psychology course, we were taught how to structure essays, evaluate points, and ensure that our writing was clear and flowed eloquently. By the end of the course, I was comfortable doing 16 mark essays. We were given a lot of support in writing and practiced at least one essay every week, this was so essential for university because you are expected to write essays without any help, and I still definitely use the foundations I learnt in A-level psychology and build upon that. I also found the method of doing the reading of chapters before the lesson really conducive to my learning as I could go into the class being prepared for the lesson with questions beforehand so that anything I had found difficult during the reading had already been gone over once by me, and then again in the lesson, which really consolidated what I was learning. It also developed my reading and note-taking skills so that when I started university, I was already used to the structure of reading prior to the lecture.
The most difficult aspect of the course for me was research methods and inferential statistics in particular. However, Miss Gok taught us so well using the amazing booklets she made which were filled with examples and practice questions, that I actually found statistical tests easier than I thought it would be.
My favourite part of the course was group work because we got to design posters regularly and be creative whilst learning a lot and interacting with people in the class we normally wouldn’t. Finally, I think that the best part of the course was the effort Miss Gok went to in making all our booklets, planning our fun lessons and trips, and her one to one support for anyone who felt overwhelmed, whether it was related to the course or not.
Trips & Extra Curricular Club/Activities:
Interventions, trips, lectures and psychology clubs are used to further students’ understanding of psychology and to apply their knowledge. Modern research is share regularly with students to enable them to gain insight into Psychology in the real world