Psychology A Level

Course Description

Psychology is the scientific exploration of human behaviour and seeks to look beyond the ‘surface’ of our actions to understand the causes. Whether you are interested in the suggestion that all behaviour has a biological basis or whether you believe the environment and our experiences are the root of our behaviour, psychology will allow you to discover and evaluate different viewpoints and you will gain a deeper understanding of the way we perceive and interact with our surroundings.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/ A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above.  Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 including Mathematics or Core Science and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language .

Course Content

Compulsory Topics:

Social influence, Memory Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods , Issues and debates in Psychology.

Optional Topics:

Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction.

Psychology is an academic subject requiring a high standard of written communication. There are also biological and mathematical elements to the course.

Links with other subjects:
The theories and perspectives of psychology can be applied to almost every area of the world or work. A few subjects which have close links to Psychology are Physical Education, Business, Religion Ethics and Philosophy, Sociology, Law and Health and Social Care.

• Hypnotist show – behaviour and our unconscious
• Specialist talks covering a range of topics such as counselling, child development, self-image and cyber-psychology
• Conferences covering psychology and science.
• London Trip– two day trip including entrance to several talks and activities, dinner, accommodation and some exploration time!
• Visit to Strangeways Prison (HMP Manchester) – Forensic Psychology
• University taster days.

Future Career Opportunities

Many students thoroughly enjoy studying Psychology and go on to study it further at university. Some decide to study a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology where they are able to choose which areas they wish to study and can specialise in a particular field. Psychology can lead to all kinds of careers such as occupational, clinical, educational or criminal psychologist. The skills acquired in A Level Psychology also lend themselves to many other careers involving people. Psychology is therefore relevant to people working in market research, advertising, personnel and management Consultancy, teaching, social work and nursing amongst many others.

Why Study at BSFC?

The Psychology department is committed to facilitate your learning in an enthusiastic and supportive manner. We offer additional support and enrichment programmes as well as having many excellent e-learning resources to aid your progression through the subject content.