Psychology: A Level


Exam board: WJEC

What is the course about?

Psychology is an intriguing subject the aims to provide students with knowledge of the human mind and how it is correlated with our behaviour. Psychology is seen as a subject having a strong emphasis on scientific investigation and observation, so it provides a useful link between arts and science subjects. A Level Psychology will allow you to think about human behaviour from a number of viewpoints. You will be challenged to combine rigorous scientific and mathematical work with research and discussion. You’ll get plenty of chance to get involved in debating theories and evidence, including voicing your opinions in writing on current affairs, as well as the fundamentals of the subject. Over your two years studying A Level Psychology you will gain an insight into the causes of a wide variety of human behaviours, their impact on daily lives and the science that has evolved around them.


Duration of course:

 Two years.


What units/topics will be studied?

The course addresses questions relating to the causes and treatment of mental illness, human behaviour and the mechanisms and processes of the mind. You will focus on some revolutionary theories and research which have shaped our understanding of the subject. You will also study how we conduct psychological investigations, there is also an emphasis on current debates such as the ethics of neuroscience, the mother as primary care-giver of an infant and relevance of positive psychology in today’s society. Having learnt about the various psychological approaches in unit 1, students are expected to apply this knowledge and understanding to human/animal behaviours.


What do I need to study this subject?

You need to achieve 5 A-C grades at GCSE including Maths(point score of 5 ), English Language (point score of 5) and Science.


What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?

Students would benefit from reading any AS level text book which will provide with an overall introduction to the subject. You can also read the Psychology Review which will inform you of update research that is being conducted in Psychology.


Where can this lead me?

A Level Psychology is a helpful introduction to the subject for those considering a career in this field. In addition to progressing to a pure Psychology degree, this course is a well-respected starting place for a career as a psychologist, counsellor or even criminologist. Psychology is also a useful second science for those choosing to study science.


What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?

Students have had the experience of taking part in research conducted by UCL university which provides them with hands on experience on the research methods used. There are also opportunities for students to attend a number of different educational talks which are delivered by some of the famous and influential names in Psychology.