Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. It is an excellent choice for those who are interested in people and their motivation behind different behaviours. Students with an inquisitive mind enjoy the challenge of this new and unfamiliar subject. Once a student begins to study Psychology, their outlook on almost everything changes, becoming more analytical. Students will start to see Psychology in action everywhere they look and learn about theories and that they can relate to own lives, giving them valuable insight.
Once the course starts in September students will be given free access to Year 1 and 2 digital textbooks which will provide the basis to complete the course. Students are expected to undertake wider reading around the course and will be provided with a list of recommended readings.
Good combinations of other subjects to study with Psychology:
Biology, Sociology, English, Religious Studies, Mathematics, Physical Education, Health & Social Care.
The course is taught over 2 years and covers a range of topic areas. Final assessment consists of three written papers, all of which are taken at the end of the second year of the course.
Paper 1: 33.3% A Level – 2 hour written examination
This unit comprises of four sections: Cognitive Psychology, where we focus on how human memory works and look at how it fails; Developmental Psychology, we look at human attachment, covering the importance of attachment bonds and study a variety of attachment disorders; Social Psychology, where we focus on conformity and obedience in social situations. Finally, Psychopathology looks at the diagnosis, explanations and treatments of a variety of Psychological disorders.
Paper 2: 33.3% A Level – 2 hour written examination
This unit comprises of three sections: Biological Psychology, where we focus on chemical responses within the body, biological rhythms and ways of studying the brain; Psychological Research Methods; and how Psychologists use these to investigate behaviour and Approaches in Psychology, which looks at the origins of Psychology and basic assumptions that underlie the whole subject.
Paper 3: 33.3% A Level – 2 hour written examination
This unit comprises of four sections: Issues and Debates in Psychology (compulsory), then students will take one question each from 3 option blocks. The options taught are indicated with *, but these may change to include other topics in the blocks: Option 1 - Relationships, Gender*, Cognition and development, Option 2 – Schizophrenia*, Eating behaviour, Stress, Option 3 – Aggression, Forensic Psychology* and Addiction. All these topics can be applied to real life, giving you an insight into a range of different real world issues and transferrable skills.
Suitable candidates are expected to have achieved at least grade 6 in Science and Mathematics, in addition to at least one grade 6 in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE.
Studying Psychology in Higher Education can lead to careers in the Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Educational Psychology or Counselling fields. Psychology also provides a useful training for a much wider range of career options. These include Market Research, Human Resources, Social Work, Teaching, Nursing, Advertising, Sales, Media and Broadcasting, Personnel Management and even the Police and the Armed Forces.
Many Prince William School students go on to study Psychology at university. Psychology can be taken as a single honours degree or combined with other subjects. Psychology is also useful in many other careers as it develops transferable skills which are useful in a variety of jobs and professions.
Psychology develops oral, visual and written communication, problem solving, numeracy and statistical skills, critical and creative thinking, decision making, organisational skills, team working, IT skills, and data analysis skills.
- Revision sessions are provided during lesson time before examinations
- Revision guides and apps are available to purchase from bookshops (online and high street) and through app stores
- Additional materials and past papers with mark schemes are made available to students through Prince William School shared drives