PSYCHOLOGY

EXAM BOARD: AQA – COURSE CODE: 7182

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A Grade 6 in both English and Mathematics. 

Grade 6 in Science is preferable.

All students will be considered on an individual basis.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE

Psychology is a very popular subject, which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. It appeals to those who are interested in people, in how people think, act, react and interact.

Psychology is the science of the mind and it is the job of psychologists to try and explain human behaviour. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour. This course investigates many aspects of human behaviour whilst developing research skills necessary for study beyond sixth form. The kinds of questions the course addresses are:

Is someone born evil? What causes schizophrenia? Why are we attracted to others? What causes a person to commit a crime? Is there a link between anxiety and memory? How do people develop a phobia? Do children need a mother? What causes OCD? Why do people sleep? Can watching violent films cause someone to become aggressive? What causes depression?  

The course will help you develop a number of key skills:

  • How to view the world around you from different perspectives
  • How to plan and conduct scientific investigations
  • How to analyse and interpret data
  • Critical reasoning skills
  • How to put across your point of view fluently

FUTURE PATHWAYS

Psychology can help your career either directly or indirectly. Careers in public relations, human resources, marketing, advertising and nursing are just a few occupations that lend themselves well to having a background in Psychology! Of course, if you wish to become a psychologist, whether it is in education, sport, industry, policing, a therapist or mental health worker, then this A Level is of direct value. For more information about other Psychology related careers you can read about it all on the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) website: www.bps.org.uk.

EMPLOYABILTY SKILLS

  • Develops skills of literacy, numeracy and the analysis and evaluation of data
  • Develops the skills of argument construction and presentation and encourages the skill of evaluating material from different perspectives
  • Psychology also nurtures ‘softer’ skills of emotional intelligence, listening to others, and team-working