A Level Psychology
Psychology helps to hone analytical and organisational skills and students learn about scientific research methods, including collecting and working with data. Learning about human behaviour can also help to build communication skills and improve teamwork and leadership skills. A level psychology aims to build students intellectual curiosity and develop a myriad of skills and qualities essential for the contemporary world. Psychology will draw on elements of biology, chemistry, mathematics, history and English.
The first year of A level psychology is based on students learning about the fundamental topics, theories, approaches and research methods. Students will learn through a variety of mediums and develop independence both in and outside of the classroom. The topics covered in Year 12 include memory, attachment, psychopathology (abnormality and mental disorder), approaches, research methods including descriptive statistics and foundations of biopsychology.
In Year 13 the emphasis is building on the students existing knowledge and skills in order to take it to the next level. Within this year, students will study topics that will challenge them and allow them to develop their powers of analysis and evaluation. The topics covered include issues and debates, schizophrenia, criminal psychology, relationships, advanced level biopsychology and more sophisticated research methods including inferential statistics. In Year 13 psychology students are now thinking like psychologists and will develop more sophisticated skills, qualities and levels of independence.
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