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Psychology

AQA

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychology is an intriguing subject that aims to provide students with knowledge of the human mind and how it is correlated with our behaviour. Psychology is seen as a subject having a strong emphasis on scientific investigation and observation, so it provides a useful link between arts and science subjects.  Over your two years studying A Level psychology, you will gain an insight into the causes of a wide variety of human behaviours, their impact on daily lives and the science that has evolved around them.

Why choose this?
A Level psychology is a helpful introduction to the subject for those considering a career in this field. In addition to progressing to a pure psychology degree, this course is a well-respected starting place for a career as a psychologist, counsellor or even criminologist. Psychology is also a useful second science for those choosing to study science. 

Students have had the experience of taking part in research which provides them with hands on experience on the research methods used. There are also opportunities for students to attend a number of different educational talks and study days which are delivered by local universities.

Areas of study & assessment
Areas of study:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Bio-psychology
  • Research methods
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aggression
  • Cognition & Development
  • 100% examination at the end of Year 13.

Enrichment

  • Taster sessions and workshops in criminology, sports psychology & social behaviour

Psychology is an incredibly interesting topic to those who constantly wish to learn more about how and why we function as we do. The A level lays the foundations of what is understood in psychology which gives you a level of knowledge that will guide you into any further education in the field.  Regardless of whether you have taken it at GCSE or not, this subject always has more to learn and is thus ideal if you, like me, are someone who wishes to be constantly expanding their knowledge.  The course at LSFC is great, I believe this course needs to have structure and be organised to a fairly extreme extent; this is exactly what it is here.  Highly recommended!

A Level Psychology student