Psychology is a subject that is suitable for a diverse range of students who may wish to develop their interest and enjoyment of psychology, fostering its value in lifelong learning.

Apart from providing a firm foundation for Higher Education courses in Psychology, a course of study based on this specification will be useful for students intending to pursue careers in medical disciplines, business and social sciences.

Psychology is useful in any career, which involves interacting with other human beings.

Psychology is not all about interpreting body language and being able to read peoples’ minds! However, we do consider these issues as well as many others, such as why we tend to obey people in positions of authority, why we help others and what is insanity.

Many of the classroom activities involve trying out psychological experiments and a willingness to contribute to these and to the subsequent discussion work is a real advantage.

Don’t be fooled by the misconception some have about Psychology being a soft option – it contains some hard science as well as a great deal of factual information relating to studies, which has to be remembered (usefully, a section of the course also deals with remembering and forgetting).

The AS and A2 level specifications in Psychology should encourage students to: study psychological theories, research, terminology, concepts, studies and methods; develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation; develop an understanding of different areas of Psychology; design and report psychological investigations, and analyse and interpret data; and develop an understanding of ethical issues in Psychology, including the ethical implications of psychological research.

It is strongly advised that students beginning the course have achieved at least a B grade in Mathematics, English and Science GCSEs.

No prior knowledge of Psychology is necessary.