You will learn about how psychologists investigate and explain a wide range of human behaviours from conformity to mental illness. Psychologists do experiments and make observations to try to understand why people act the way they do. They use this understanding to create useful applications to help people. Additionally, learning about how and why people behave in certain ways will help you build communication skills.
Psychology requires academic writing, mathematical and scientific skills. GCSE subjects which would be useful include any Science or Social Science, Psychology, Maths, History, English or any other essay-based subject.
Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods, Issues and Debates in Psychology
Optional content (Year 13 only):
There are three Option categories. Students learn one topic from each Option category. This year’s topics are Gender, Schizophrenia and Aggression.
Where Does it Lead?
Psychology gives you lots of transferable skills and the subject is useful in several careers. Many students who take A-level Psychology enrol on degree courses in Psychology, English, Sociology, Business Studies, Teaching, Sports Science, and Law. People with a Psychology background can be found in business, management, medicine, healthcare, teaching, research, marketing, social work and the police to name just a few.