This is a linear course with the examinations at the end of Year 13 (AS may be sat in some circumstances as a stand-alone qualification).
We follow the OCR Psychology specification.
Aminimum B grade in GCSE Mathematics, or Science, is required to study this subject.
Psychology is the study of our human behaviours, the science of the mind, and the way to answer questions such as “Could we still function effectively if our brain was split in half?” If you have ever wondered what it would take to make you electrocute someone, or whether TV really is to blame for your attitude, then Psychology has the answers.
Throughout the A-Level you will study the five main approaches to psychological research, as well as exploring the different methodologies used. You will explore the issues of objectivity and subjectivity, and develop the ability to evaluate, and justify, research that is unethical, reductionist and deterministic.
Later you will study some of the key themes in Psychology through learning about classic and contemporary studies. You will also follow a compulsory section on the issues surrounding mental health with the option to study sport, child, or criminal psychology.
All assessment will take place at the end of the course, involving three papers, each taking two hours to complete.