Choosing your A levels

Psychology

Introduction

Psychology is the study of the mind using scientific methods both to analyse and explain different human behaviours. At A Level, this involves looking at case studies, evaluating differing theories and engaging with practical research on a range of topics such as memory, psychopathology, relationships, aggression and child development.

Board and specification code

TBC

Is Psychology for you?

This course will interest those students who have thought about and wish to understand what motivates, challenges or changes us, and how this understanding can help us tackle personal and social problems. For students looking to try something new and seeking an A Level that is challenging and stimulating, Psychology is a perfect choice.

Course content/components

Typically, the course content consists of:

Introductory topics in Psychology

Topics such as memory, attachment, social influence and psychopathology

Psychology in context

Topics such as neurology of the brain, gender, relationships and research methods

Issues and options in Psychology

In-depth questions on topics based on options chosen by the school

Recommended entry requirement

Two Grade 7s in IGCSE or GCSE Sciences, Grade 6 in IGCSE or GCSE Mathematics.

Post-A Level options

Clinical psychology careers include educational, occupational and sports psychologists.

Psychology is also useful for any job that requires interaction or understanding of human behaviour and development. Many roles in marketing, human resources, business management, and recruitment utilise skills and knowledge covered by A Level Psychology.

The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.

Paul Valéry