Who is the course for?
Psychology is a course for anyone interested in understanding human behaviour. It is a multi-disciplinary subject involving scientific analysis, experimentation, case studies and other research techniques. It suits students who are able to write essays, complete mathematical calculations and have an interest in Human Biology.
What does the course involve?
AS level Psychology takes a broad approach to the subject and covers topics ranging from Abnormality and Developmental Psychology, right the way up to Neuro-psychology, Animal Behaviour, Psychoanalysis and beyond. Students will learn about great thinkers like Freud, Skinner and Bowlby and develop an understanding of what makes people tick.
The Psychology team takes great pride in knowing that they prepare students for examinations. Throughout the course students will be taught the key strategies for success at A level, including extensive preparation for examinations, unique revision methods and guidance from experienced staff.
What makes this course special?
Pass rates over the past few years have been consistently high and Psychology forms a thriving part of the College's A Level provision.
The Psychology staff at Bridgwater College have extensive experience of working with this particular exam board, as well as teaching psychological topics from GCSE up to undergraduate level.
Close Links with the Exam Board
Bridgwater College has always benefited from close links with AQA with both staff and students attending a range of conferences; plus examiners work as part of our teaching team.
Innovative Teaching and Resources
Psychology at Bridgwater College is taught in an interesting and varied style, backed up by a wide range of resources developed specifically for this course.
Minimum of 5 x GCSEs A* – C or 9 - 5 is recommended for A level study, including Maths and English.
What are the assessment methods?
Students will be assessed through examinations. There are two exams at the end of AS and three at the end of the A level. Preparation for examinations takes the form of regular assignments which are assessed in accordance with AQA mark schemes.
How long is the course?
One year for AS, two years for the full A Level.
What are the College attendance requirements?Every week you will spend four and a half hours in taught lessons. You will be assigned work each week that will need to be completed in self-study hours at college or home.
What are the progression options?
Each year the majority of A level students will progress onto university. Some will choose to pursue an interest in Psychology, but most will use Psychology A level to prove to admission tutors that they have a wide range of skills. A level Psychology is especially useful as it straddles the boundary between Science and the Humanities, thus indicating the possession of skills in both areas.
Whilst it is true that work in many psychological fields will require further study at degree level and beyond, it is also equally true that employers in a wide range of industries value A level Psychology in its own right.