English – Grade 6 Either Mathematics or Biology/Combined Science – Grade 6, with a 5 in the other subject
Examination Board: AQA
Introduction/General Advice and Requirements
Ever wondered what causes criminal behaviour?
Or why do some people conform and others not?
Or perhaps if the experiences you had before the age of five really do shape the person you are today?
This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology, which will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied Psychology before.
Psychology is the scientific study of the brain and human behaviour. If you are interested in understanding the complexities of human behaviour, have a critical mind-set and a desire to explore psychological research across a range of topics then this course will appeal to you.
As part of your A Level we explore research into several different areas of Psychology such as cognitive psychology (memory), social psychology (conformity), developmental Psychology (attachment), biopsychology (brain and neurotransmitters), Psychopathology (abnormality) as well as focusing on the following topics in year 2: Forensic psychology, schizophrenia and relationships
There is no requirement to have studied psychology before, although it is helpful to have an inquiring mind and a good understanding of human biology. There is a large scientific component to the course which will promote students’ skills in solving scientific problems and students will come to understand how scientists investigate phenomena in their attempts to explain the world about us.
Course content and assessment
What we study: