PSYCHOLOGY

What does the course involve?

AS Unit 1:

  • Social Psychology – Social Influences
  • Cognitive Psychology - Human Memory
  • Developmental Psychology – Attachment

AS Unit 2:

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Individual Differences – Psychopathology (Abnormality)
  • Research Methods

 

A-Level Unit 1:

  • Social Psychology – Social Influences
  • Cognitive Psychology - Human Memory
  • Developmental Psychology – Attachment
  • Individual Differences – Psychopathology (Abnormality)

A-Level Unit 2:

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods/statistics

A-Level Unit 3:

  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Issues and Debates

 

What qualifications do I need?

Students wishing to study Psychology at this level need to show they can develop the analytical skills required. As they may not have studied the subject before, grades ‘5’ and above at GCSE in Science and Mathematics are recommended. Students will need to be very resilient and be willing to work hard both in and out of class in order to develop the skills needed for success.

Assessment

Examinations are 1 hour 30 for AS examinations and 2 hours for A2 examinations.

There are 2 written examinations at AS level and 3 at A-Level. There is no course work component.

We deliver the AQA specification.

General Comments

Psychology is a vast and interesting subject. Psychology is defined as “the scientific study of animal and human behaviour and mental processes.” Psychology is one of the most popular subjects studied at AS and A2 level at Lady Lumley’s. There are currently 2 groups in Year 12 and 2 groups in Year 13.

Future Prospects

Psychology is an academic subject and progression is from A2 to degree level. Successful candidates can go onto a wide-range of courses, such as Psychology/Clinical Psychology, Teaching, criminal justice, Management, Marketing, Public Relationships, Health/Social Work, Sport & Exercise/Coaching Science, and business.

Videos from the Department

This presentation from Mr Dawson will go into detail about the content matter of the Psychology course and what to prepare for if you are interested in the subject

Mr Dawson asks current Y12 students about the Psychology course and what new students to the course should prepare for