A Level – Psychology


Psychology is a great choice if you have a genuine interest in learning a scientific approach to understanding human behaviour. Although Psychology is a fascinating subject it demands a thorough, logical and rigorous understanding of methodology which can be used to evaluate human behaviour.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    Psychology is a great choice if you have a genuine interest in learning a scientific approach to understanding human behaviour. Although Psychology is a fascinating subject it demands a thorough, logical and rigorous understanding of methodology which can be used to evaluate human behaviour.

    Most of our students have not studied GCSE Psychology at school but many of our students do go on to study Psychology at university. A Level Psychology offers a great combination for studying many other A Levels. Some of our students are studying mainly science programmes and many others take a more social science route.

    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    Pearson Edexcel

    The Psychology course is assessed solely by examination. Students will sit three exam papers at the end of the two year course. There is no coursework.

    Paper 1: Foundations in psychology (35% of total qualification)

    This paper consists of four topics: Social psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology and learning theories. Students will acquire knowledge about the foundations of modern psychology.

    This is assessed by a 2 hour exam (90 marks).

    Paper 2: Applications of psychology  (35% of total qualification)

    This paper consists of clinical psychology (compulsory) and one optional topic (from criminological psychology, child psychology or health psychology). Students will acquire knowledge about how our understanding of psychology is applied today.

    This is assessed by a 2 hour exam (90 marks).

    Paper 3: Psychological skills (30% of total qualification)

    This paper consists of methods, a synoptic review of studies and issues and debates. Students will review the psychological skills and research methods covered in the qualification.

    This is assessed by a 2 hour exam (80 marks).

    Assessment

    100% Examination (3 x 2 hour exams) at end of Year Two.

    How the course is delivered

    Although the course is taught and you will get the opportunity to complete group work in the classroom, you will be expected to carry out independent research and learning.

    It is worth noting here that very few of the students starting A level Psychology will have studied Psychology at GCSE level and therefore lessons will reflect this.

    Departmental Enrichment

    In recent years we have had visits from prison psychologists, health workers, ex-prisoners and principal examiners. We have also taken A level students on a visit to the Psychology Department at Hull University and organised a ‘Brain Day’ event in college.

    The department offers lunchtime support sessions as well as lots of additional help in-between lessons by email. There is a successful peer mentoring scheme whereby second year A level students work on a one-to-one basis with a first year A level student.

    The Psychology Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The Psychology department has three dedicated teaching rooms which are close to our staff workroom. It is therefore easy to contact a Psychology teacher if you need extra support.

    All students have access to electronic copies of booklets for each of the topics in A Level Psychology.

    To facilitate your independent learning, the Psychology department makes good use of interactive online learning resources.  All booklets, past paper materials and journal articles are available on Moodle.

    The Psychology department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    We have a very experienced team of Psychology teachers; the Psychology staff team is:

    • Mike Belcher
    • Sharon Brown
    • Jamie Davies
    • Kim Higgins
    • Mark Holah

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    As you will have probably never studied Psychology at school before, we do recommend that you carry out some research online to find out more about the different approaches you will study. Try the BPS (British Psychological Society) website as a starting point; it provides useful information about possible career choices within psychology.

    Hopefully, it will demonstrate that A Level Psychology is a very challenging and rigorous course which offers great insights into why people behave the way they do.

  • Progression:

    Having A level Psychology can open up a world of opportunities in both university choices and career options. If you are considering applying to university to study Psychology then A level Psychology is very desirable. A level Psychology is also desirable if you would like to study a health science, social science such as criminology, or a sport science.

    We believe that Psychology will provide you with a set of critical thinking skills that you will be able to draw upon through your further studying and your life.

    The department has helped many students achieve excellent grades and move on to higher education

  • Course Showcase:

    Lydia Girdham                                                                                                                           

    Former School: Baysgarth School

    A Level Psychology result: Grade A

     Where is she now? Manchester University studying Psychology.

     

    Lewis Robinson

    Former School: Trinity House Academy

     A Level Psychology result: Grade A*

    Where is he now?  University of Sheffield studying Biology.

     

    Chloe Hooley

    Former School: Malet Lambert High School

    A Level Psychology result: Grade A*

    Where is she now?  Studying Medicine at Hull York Medical School.