If students would like to understand both themselves and others better, Psychology is the subject for them. In fact, Psychology has close links with science-based subjects and uses empirical research to make inferences and draw conclusions about the reasons behind aspects of human behaviour. This research is ongoing – what we know about human behaviour is constantly being evaluated and challenged so there are no simple answers or facts in Psychology.
Students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of Psychology through a range of topics. It is not an easy option and involves a great deal of reading difficult texts and producing evaluative written work. Students must be prepared to deal with unfamiliar language and complex ideas and theories. Students are expected to make a real contribution in lessons, asking and answering questions and participating in class discussion. There is a great deal to learn during two years of studying advanced level psychology. Students also need to be able to evaluate theories and research. Essays make up a large part of the advanced level exam and there is a focus on developing skills in extended writing and effective evaluation.
Key Stage 5
In the first year the students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, application of psychological knowledge and understanding, the ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate theories and evaluate therapies and treatments. The topics covered in paper 1 and 2 will include: social psychology, cognitive psychology, attachment, memory, psychopathology, approaches in psychology, biopsychology, research method in Psychology. In the second year the topic covered in Paper 3 are issues and debates, schizophrenia, gender and aggression.
At advanced Level there are three exams, each accounting for one third of the A Level.
Each exam lasts for 2 hours and is worth 96 marks. The exams will consist of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.