5 A* - C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.
There is something for everybody in psychology but you have to be interested in people and be literate (to write essays) and numerate (to carry out practical work and statistics). Remember it is a science and is a very rigorous, exacting subject. Think of choosing this subject if you are interested in people, like a good discussion and think like a scientist.
SKILLS DEVELOPEDYou will develop analytical skills, write essays and psychological reports. You will also develop your mathematical knowledge and research skills.
What will I study?
You will begin by studying social influence, memory, attachment and mental illness. We also look at approaches, biological psychology and research methods.
In the second year of A Level study we look at these topics in more detail and also additional topics of gender, schizophrenia and aggression.
There are some interesting debates in psychology to study in greater depth for example, the idea of free will and determinism and ethics.
Why study Psychology?
Psychology is the systematic study of the brain and behaviour. Mostly we study human behaviour but psychologists also study animal behaviour. Within this subject there are many areas of interest such as memory, sports psychology and mental illness to name a few. There is something for everybody in psychology.
Psychology is a science subject so much of what we do is to collect and examine evidence to help us explain why people do the things they do. Evidence can come from experiments, interviews, case studies or questionnaires.
Where will this course lead me?
Psychology is extremely useful for many careers as it is essentially the study of people and in every career we will come across other people.
Quite a lot of professions have adopted certain aspects of psychology e.g. sports psychology, business or organisational psychology.
Psychology is very relevant to those seeking a career in the caring professions such as teaching, nursing and policing. Those who excel at this subject could pursue this at university and to post-graduate level and look forward to careers as clinical or educational psychologists or become research scientists in psychology.
You will take three exams at the end of your second year.
Extracurricular activities related to this course
Extracurricular activities include a trip to Bristol Zoo to experience observation studies rst hand, and take part in a talk on evolution.
You will also be able to attend psychology conferences, one is in Bristol and surrounds the difference is between science and pseudoscience in Bristol, the other is in London and several psychologists will speak, including one famous psychologist whose work we study at the start of year one.