Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour
Learning Psychology at A Level combines knowledge of various psychological theories and scientific research methods with skills of evaluation and analysis. These transferable skills allow for progression to Higher Education courses, including Psychology degrees, and access to many careers, as well as generally enabling pupils to understand why we behave the way we do.
This subject is extremely popular and is taught in small, but lively groups at both AS and A2 level, by a subject specialist. We use a classroom dedicated to psychology where posters, careers information and pupil work can be displayed and we have a range of audio and visual resources to supplement lessons. Where possible lessons are of a practical nature where pupils may take part in and perform psychological experiments on their fellow pupils.
Each pupil is loaned an appropriate AS text book for Year 12 and a progressive text for their A2 studies in Year 13, to encourage extension reading independent learning out of College. The pupils also have an input into ‘options’ that are available at A2, so that the material covered best meets their interests.
In Psychology we follow the AQA Specification A. This is a new version of the specification we currently teach and for which we have a vast array of material and resources. This comprehensive specification involves two Units at AS followed by two units at A2, all of which are completed by written examinations in January and May/June of each year.
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