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AS/A Level Psychology
A level psychology is a very popular subject choice at AS and A level with over 80 girls in year 12 and 13. To study psychology you should be interested in considering and discussing the following types of questions:
Are we the result of our genes or our environment?
Can we rely on eyewitness testimony?
Can we measure intelligence?
How far will we obey authority?
Could we teach a chimp language?
How does our infancy affect our lives?
We follow the OCR specification which includes the
following substantive topics:
- Psychological investigations
- Core studies - 15 of the most influential studies in psychology
- Approaches and methods in psychology
- Applied psychology - Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychology
The subject is now completely examined with no coursework.
A level psychology is a valuable qualification for any career that involves understanding why individuals may act in certain ways in certain situations. It is therefore useful for careers such as occupational psychology, educational psychologist, clinical psychologist as well as professions such as social work, teaching and health care.
Many students combine psychology with other sciences and mathematics. Another very popular combination is with sociology and health and social care.
Students who are successful at psychology need to be well organised and have a genuine interest in understanding what affects human behaviour. The subject is quite heavy on content and so an ability to learn and use facts is also essential.
To study A level psychology we prefer you to have a grade B in English Language and you must have a grade C in mathematics.