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Psychology

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A Level Psychology

How does memory work? Why do people have fears about common (and sometimes strange) objects? How do other people influence our behaviour? What is normal? Why do some people get more stresses than others?

Ms Kimber (Teacher of Psychology)

Exam Board: AQA

8 or more GCSEs at grades A*–C including a minimum grade B in English Language, Maths and Science (preferably Biology).

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Studying Psychology allows a better understanding of the human mind and how everyday behaviour is influenced by the world around us. It will enable the development of critical thinking and evaluative skills and the understanding of many social, scientific and contemporary issues involved in our daily life.

Psychology and Sociology are both popular A Levels and have shown massive growth in popularity at degree level in the UK over the last seven years – Psychology by 26% and Sociology by 15%. According to the British Psychological Society, Psychology is the “scientific study of human mind and behaviour: how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups”. Psychology is one of the most popular subjects to study because it has a big impact on all areas of life, from education and health, to the economy and crime. The subject also teaches quantitative and digital skills, essay and report writing, fosters ethical thinking and sensitivity to interpersonal factors, and encourages working in teams and with people.

Careers

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Research & Academic Psychology
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology

Entry & Training

It is worth noting that studying Psychology as a first degree is not a guarantee of further training; Clinical Psychologists need to complete a three year postgraduate Doctorate in order to qualify and only 15% of applicants are placed annually. There are plenty of different options when it comes to degrees in either Psychology or Sociology, even before you start looking at combined degrees with a huge range of social sciences. There are also allied degrees such as Criminology and Social Work.

The universities that are at the forefront of a History degree are a similar list to many of the other social sciences:

  • Cambridge
  • Bath
  • Surrey
  • Glasgow
  • Birmingham
  • Exeter
  • Oxford (P)
  • UCL (P)
  • St Andrew’s (P)
  • Buckingham (P)
  • York (P)
  • Southampton (P)
  • Warwick (S)
  • Durham (S)
  • Queen’s Belfast (S)
  • Northampton (S)
  • Leeds (S)
  • Manchester (S)

There are plenty of alternative routes into jobs which might link you back to a passion for psychology or sociology, including apprenticeships, although they might not be immediately obvious and it’s often requires applicants to be able to think laterally. For example, the NHS has a number of apprenticeships and direct entry support roles that might provide a good route into a mental health or social care environment.