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Psychology

A LEVEL (AQA)

What interests should I have if I want to take this course?

You will need interest, motivation and the ability to illustrate your understanding in a variety of ways.  You will be introduced to selected aspects of psychological theory and research, providing an opportunity to develop a sound understanding of methods and approaches in psychology, critical skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation. You will explore how psychology has contributed to an understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity, gaining an awareness of the ethical responsibilities of psychological researchers. You will learn to use and apply your knowledge to a range of topic areas.

What minimum qualifications will I need to start the course?

Grade 5 in GCSE English and 5 in Maths.

What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?

A wide variety of teaching methods will be used and the emphasis will be on student centred learning. You will be required to actively participate in group work as well as working on your own initiative. There will also be opportunities to attend conferences given by leading psychologists and the AQA exam board.

What will I learn about?

Topics here include the many and varied approaches used to understand psychology; a comparison of such approaches; debates in psychology; methods in psychology, inferential statistics and issues in research.

We will study:

Paper 1 - Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2 - Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods

Paper 3 - Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Issues and Debates (compulsory)
  • Options Include:
  • Relationships
  • Stress
  • Forensic

What can I do when I complete my  qualifications?

Psychology is adaptable and well suited to many careers. You can use this A level to progress on to higher education and there are career opportunities in nursing, youth and community projects, the police and personnel. Specific areas include forensic psychology, occupational psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology and criminal psychology.

How can I find out more information?

If you have any further questions please contact Mr Whitaker in the Social Sciences Department.
In addition to the study of psychology in Gosforth Academy we have excellent links with professional agencies and local universities. We often make visits to enhance learning or visitors call here.