Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour.
Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. Psychologists study both how people act and the reasons behind their actions. It is an incredibly diverse subject with topics ranging from memory and neuroscience to child development and mental disorders.
Most students who study psychology find it interesting because it has relevance to the everyday decisions that we make. Through psychology you can explore questions such as; why do people lie? Why do some obey authority and others disobey? Why do people develop phobias? And how do companies influence us to buy their products?
Psychology is primarily a science, but it also develops your writing and mathematical skills. Studying psychology shows universities that you are a well-rounded student able to write essays, plan experiments and handle data competently. An important part of psychology is critical evaluation, a transferable skill which is valued by universities and employers alike.
Our Psychology course follows the OCR syllabus. It has been designed to provide you with an exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of psychology through gaining hands on experience of a range of different research methods and an appreciation of how psychological knowledge and understanding develops over time.
You will explore application and gain an insight into how psychological theory can be applied to real world situations. In the first year topics covered will include:
The second year will develop the ideas of the first year further and will include:
This course is assessed by three x 2 hour exams requiring extended written answers
Psychology works well with a range of other A levels including Biology, Mathematics and History. Some universities require a student to study A level Biology in order to access a university degree course in Psychology.
Recent university destinations include:
University of Oxford to study Psychology
University of Bath to study Psychology
University of St Andrews to study Psychology
UCL to study Applied Medical Sciences
London School of Economics to study Management