Psychology

A Level Psychology is a consistently popular and successful subject at The Streetly Academy. Our A Level course will not only deepen your understanding of Psychological theories and studies but will also develop your skills of analysis.  The AQA A Level course includes five exam units, which covers Social Influence, Memory, Attachments, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods.

At AS Level, we investigate how attachments impact on relationships, how memories develop and the accuracy of eye-witness testimony.  In a thought provoking abnormality unit we explore the limits of the definitions of abnormality.

Our highly-regarded A2 Psychology units are how relationships form and why they break  down.  We consider the factors which lead to aggressive behaviour and how biological processes explain these levels of aggression.  Eating behaviour covers the topical issue of eating disorders.  The fourth explores explanations and treatments of schizophrenia.  Also, mass media is analysed and how it impacts on human behaviour.  Students will develop knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified topics.

The Assessment at both AS and A Level needs to contain at least 10% of maths skills equivalent to Level 2 (GCSE) or above and 25-30% of the overall assessment will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to research methods.

At AS Level there are two papers:

Paper 1- Introductory topics in Psychology which is 90min paper with topics of social influence, memory & attachments.  All questions are compulsory and include short answer questions and one sixteen mark question.

Paper 2: Psychology in context which is a 90min paper covering Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology & Research Methods.  All questions are compulsory and include short answer questions and one sixteen mark question.

At A Level Psychology:

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology which is a two hour paper with topics of social influence, memory, attachments & Psychopathology.  All questions are compulsory.  The paper tests understanding of significant psychology concepts in depth, and comprises short answer questions and one sixteen mark question.

Paper 2: Psychology in context which is a two hour paper covering Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology & Research Methods.  All questions are compulsory, and comprise short answer questions and one sixteen mark question.

Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology which is a two hour paper covering, Issues and debates in Psychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression.  All questions are compulsory.

Psychology is an academic subject and combines especially well with English, Sociology and the Sciences.  We welcome students who have achieved at least B grade in GCSE English Language and Science or Mathematics.  These entry requirements reflect the analytical, written and logical skills that are essential for success in A Level Psychology.

A Level Psychology develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, and combines them with the ability to form your own opinions of explanations of human behaviour.  These skills will not only benefit you in your other A Levels, but are also highly regarded by university admissions tutors.  In addition to degrees in Psychology and related disciplines, Psychology can lead to a wide range of careers, including Counselling, all fields within Psychology, Social Work and education.