Mr A Birtchnell BSc University West England, PGCE
Examination body: AQA
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.
Pupils 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.
You need no prior knowledge of the subject but it will best suit pupils with an enquiring mind who are interested in people and why they do the things they do.
Delivery and assessment
There are 7 topics at AS and 4 topics at A2. If taking the full A Level, there are three examinations at the end of the A2 year.