The A Level Psychology course covers a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of various psychological concepts, theories, and research methods. The syllabus is designed to encourage students to think critically about psychological issues and to apply psychological knowledge to real-world situations.

Key Features

  1. Core Studies – The course covers a range of core studies in psychology, including biological, cognitive, learning, and social psychology. These studies provide foundational knowledge and an understanding of the diverse approaches within the field.
  2. Specialist Options – You will have the opportunity to delve deeper into specific areas of psychology such as abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, and organisational psychology. These options allow for a more focused study based on individual interests. You will likely choose two areas to focus on.
  3. Research Methods – A significant emphasis is placed on understanding and evaluating research methods used in psychology. This includes experiments, case studies, observations, and surveys, equipping students with the skills to conduct and assess research effectively.
  4. Practical Applications – You will need to apply psychological theories and findings to everyday life and various real-world contexts.
  5. Issues and Debates – You will engage with key issues and debates in psychology, such as nature vs. nurture, free will vs. determinism, and individual vs. situational explanations, developing your critical thinking and analytical skills.
  6. Assessment – The course is assessed through written examinations, which include a mix of short answer and essay-type questions. These assessments are designed to test your knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply psychological concepts.