SS - Psychology

What is Psychology?

Have you always been interested in why people behave in certain ways? Are you interested in finding out why some people go along with a crowd and others don’t, how society has tried to define and explain mental illness, why people are aggressive?

Psychology answers these questions and many more. A text book definition of Psychology is: the study of human experience and behaviour.


What the students say…

“It is really interesting to have such a different topic to all of my others; the teachers are really supportive too!” Millie

“The lessons are really interactive, sometimes you get to carry out your own experiments which is fun and relevant” James

“It is really interesting because you understand a lot more about why people do things” Fred

“Although science supplies the answers as to how things happen, Psychology offers explanations as to why things happen”  Dom

“I like learning about the crazy experiments!” Steph

“It’s a very social, easy-to-learn-in-environment” Nathanial


Suggested book list can be found below in the Document section


What the lessons are like…

Lessons are very interactive and include a variety of different activities to meet everyone’s learning style. Activities include: Carrying out your own experiment, carrying out observations on people in the school, musical evaluation, key term SPLAT! Whole class debates and smaller group discussions, role play, modelling studies with play dough, putting Psychologists on trial, quizzes, timed essays, mind maps, taboo and lots more!


Why study Psychology?

Psychology is a fascinating and varied subject and will interest anyone who has ever wondered why people behave in the way they do. We try to answer that question with scientific rigour. It is an academically challenging course and is seen as very good preparation for any degree or career. Many previous students have gone on to study Psychology to degree level and beyond.


A Level Psychology

Course Content

Year 1

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods

The AS course considers how our memory works and how the accuracy of eyewitness accounts of a crime can be affected by different factors It also looks at the process of attachment between infants and their caregivers and what can happen if this process is disrupted.

Students will also explore reasons why people obey authority figures and conform to peer pressure. In Psychopathology, we look at different ways to define abnormality and examine different approaches and treatments for abnormality.

Throughout this course, students will develop understanding of how psychologists use different  research techniques to carry out their work as well as looking at the different approaches/perspectives used by Psychologists to explain human behaviour.


Year 2

  • All of the above topics will be revised
  • Biopsychology and Issues and Debates within Psychology will be two further compulsory topics
  • Relationships
  • Eating Behaviour 
  • Aggression

Students will explore each topic through different psychological perspectives, learning how to explain the behaviours studied within the topic.

These topics also allow students to develop understanding of psychology in ‘real’ situations.


Course Assessment

These will be three 2 hour exams that make up 33.3% of the A level. They will consist of multiple choice questions, short answer, and extended writing questions.


Psychology Student Checklist

Psychology is for you if: Psychology is not for you if:
  1. You enjoy looking at the world around you and questioning yours and others’ experiences
  2. You are good at Science and wouldn't mind studying the anatomy of the brain
  3. You are fairly good at Maths and wouldn't mind doing some statistical analysis
  4. You are competent in English and feel you could write a good essay on topics of interest
  5. You like researching things on your own
  6. You can take account of other people’s perspectives and like to hear alternative points of view
  7. You want to learn about people and why they do things
  8. You will achieve at least a Level 4 in English, Maths and Science (not Applied Science)
  1. You are weak at either Maths, English or Science
  2. You think it is an “easy” option
  3. You want to be like Derren Brown and learn to read minds, analyse body language or track down criminals
  4. You are not interested in people around you











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Psychology and Sociology Book List 16th Mar 2018 Download