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Why study Psychology?
Psychology bridges the gap between arts and sciences and so integrates well alongside a wide combination of subjects from the traditional three sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics through to the arts and humanities.
Many students choose Psychology in order to study a new subject and to try something different from the subjects they have taken at GCSE. At Queen Mary’s High School, it is assumed that nobody has studied psychology before and so students are given a full grounding and preparation in the subject to enable them to achieve their best in the examinations. The OCR A Level specification is followed.
Psychology is a science subject that is concerned with the study of the mind and behaviour. It has links with a variety of other scientific disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Sciences, etc and it can be successfully used as a science qualification in applications for courses such as Medicine and Dentistry. It also fits very well with the humanities subjects such as Geography, History, English, etc due to the development of communication and analytical skills. Psychology covers a wide range of topics and will provide a useful qualification for all applications to University. The common factor linking people who study Psychology is curiosity and the desire for knowledge.
Psychology is interesting
What makes a criminal? Why do people commit inhumane acts? Why do some people develop psychological disorders? How have attitudes towards mental health changed?
Psychology is challenging
How can we measure intelligence? Is imprisonment an effective punishment? How do we develop morals? How can we identify a psychopath?
Psychology is useful
Psychology has a broad range of real-world applications, ranging from health, mental illness, artificial intelligence and criminal attributes, to personal development, social interaction and the environment to name but a few.
Psychology offers good career prospects, but the skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other roles. These skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving, evaluative and analytical skills as well as the ability to carry out independent research.
The A Level qualification
3 x 2 hour examinations - Psychology is assessed by examination with a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answer questions.
- Paper 1: Research Methods (2 hours) 30% of total A-level
- Paper 2: Psychological themes through core studies (2 hours) 35% of total A-level
- Paper 3: Applied Psychology (2 hours) 35% of total A-level
Paper 1: Research Methods
- Evaluate research methods used in core studies
- Apply knowledge to new scenarios
- Plan, conduct and analyse your own small scale investigations.
Paper 2: Psychological themes through core studies
- Social: Responses to people in authority and people in need. E.g. Obedience and Disobedience.
- Cognitive: Memory and Attention. E.g. Eyewitness testimony.
- Developmental: External influences on children’s behaviour and moral development. E.g. Evaluations of lying and truth-telling.
- Biological: Regions of the brain and brain plasticity. E.g. Split brain research.
- Individual Differences: Understanding disorders and measuring differences. E.g. The language of psychopaths.
Paper 3: Applied Psychology
Issues in Mental Health:
- The historical context of mental health
- The medical model of mental health
- Alternatives to the medical model of mental health
- What makes a criminal?
- The collection and processing of forensic evidence
- Psychology and the courtroom
- Crime prevention
- Effects of imprisonment
- Pre-adult brain development
- Perceptual development
- Cognitive development and education
- Development of attachments
- Impact of advertising
Psychology opens the door to many career options both within and outside of Psychology itself. The wide range of topics covered means it can link to many different degree courses and careers. It can be used as a science subject for applications to degree courses that have this requirement. Our Psychology students have successfully gone in to a wide range of careers after 6th form study, including: -
Further Psychology study can lead to a career as a:-
If you want to know more
- Research using books or the internet
- Look at the qualification website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-psychology-h167-h567-from-2015/
- Ask Year 12 and/or Year 13 students studying the subject. Ask a few to get a broad range of opinions
- Attend Psychology Club, Psychology Film Club and taster sessions
- Ask the staff - Mr Heath or Miss Ayres. Find us in Foden House or drop us an email