Fundamentally, Psychology is the study of human behaviour. By studying Psychology you will gain a fascinating scientific insight into how the human mind works to affect how we behave, and you will grapple with great questions about the interpretation of dreams, the use of offender profiling in criminal investigation and the causes of mental illnesses. You will develop understanding of classic psychological theories by applying them to real life contexts, as well as carrying out psychological investigations and writing reports based upon your findings. Lessons are designed to be engaging and interactive, with frequent opportunities for debate.
Psychology is a fascinating subject to study if you are interested in the world around you and want to find out more about the behaviour and decisions of individuals and groups. You will also develop a host of transferable life skills and a high level of self-awareness. As a result of the understanding you will develop of how people think, feel and behave, you will find that Psychology A level will help you progress in many professional careers.
Students will study the OCR course and will include the following content:
1. Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.
2. Introduction to some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study.
3. Compulsory section on Issues in mental health.
4. Learners will also study two out of the following applied options: Child psychology, Criminal psychology, Environmental psychology, Sports and exercise psychology.
Students who want to find out about the human mind and understand how it governs human behaviour. It is also important to have an interest in society and social issues, and a motivation to read widely to broaden your knowledge and understanding. Students will need to achieve a grade 5 higher in English and Maths.
Psychology can help your career either directly or indirectly. If you wish to become a psychologist, therapist or mental health worker, this A level is of direct value. Psychology graduates can also build careers in related sectors such as education, the police and social work, or in a range of commercial contexts. Psychology provides you with life skills that are transferable to any career.