Psychology is defined as the ‘science of mind and behaviour’. The Psychology A Level is wide ranging and appropriate preparation for many degree courses and careers, from medicine to business and almost everything inbetween. The topics in Psychology are all based around understanding people, for example within social groups or in terms of how biology impacts on behaviour. Here at SAIntS we follow the Edexcel International A Level course. Students will study exciting and relevant topic areas such as neurology, statistics, schizophrenia, social influence, eating disorders, criminology and many more.
As the course progresses many skills will be developed in the areas of science, mathematics and English; the exam involves a mixture of question types including long essay responses, data analysis tasks and questions based on understanding research methods. Although there is no coursework students will conduct their own psychological studies and practical work as preparation for the exams.
There is no requirement to have studied Psychology before starting the A Level; everyone will be new to the subject. However, if students wish to succeed on the course it is advisable they have a good understanding of biology, mathematics and English and have achieved, or are predicted to achieve, at least B grade at GCSE in these subjects.
The course aims to:
- Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Psychology and how they relate to each other
- Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills in using scientific methods, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
- Develop competence and confidence in using a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
- Develop interest in and enthusiasm for Psychology, including developing an interest in further international study and careers associated with psychology
- Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how Psychology contributes to the success of the economy and society.
Head of Department:
Mrs Miranda Dodd, Bsc. (Hons.) PGCE