How is the course assessed?
As well as continual assessment and feedback from your teachers throughout the course, at the end of the two years you will complete 3 external examinations, which are 2 hours long and the questions will be a range of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing. Paper 1 - Introductory Topics in Psychology. Paper 2 - Psychology in Context. Paper 3 - Issues and Options in Psychology. So, its's 100% examination at the end of the course with the AQA examination board.
What is the average class size?
Psychology is a popular choice, so we often have two classes in each year group. Class sizes can be around 20 students but never any more than 25.
Are the teachers specialists in the subject area?
Mrs May and Mrs Cook are experienced psychology teachers and specialise in the subject. Mrs May also specialises in and teaches GCSE and A level Biology.
How successful have previous students been in this subject?
Students are well supported and make excellent progress, with many achieving the top grades. Each year a lot of our students go on to study psychology at university.
What other subjects compliment this course?
The literacy aspect of the course complements subjects such as English and History. The scientific elements link with Biology and PE. Other social sciences subjects such as Sociology and Criminology share elements such as research methods and many find it goes well with Health and Social Care. We've also had students studying Maths and Chemistry who pick Psychology. So, psychology goes with a wide range of other courses and all subject combinations.
Will studying this subject allow me to go to university?
Yes, the skills you gain will allow you to pursue a range of degree courses. Many of our students go on and study a single honours degree in Psychology or do it as a joint honours degree with another subject.
What careers can the subject lead to?
If you continue the study of psychology at university you can go into areas such as Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport Psychology. Studying psychology at A level can lead to careers in media, counselling, social work, art therapy, forensics, marketing, health...the list is endless!