Psychology

Staff: Ms Jamie Watts; Mrs Marie Steward; Ms Rachel Roberts 

Content: 

Examination Board: OCR A Level 

Studying Psychology gives students an insight into the working of the human mind and how this affects aspects of our everyday lives. It will inform students about the methods that psychologists use. An understanding of psychology is invaluable for all careers that involve working with people and will help those choosing to pursue a University career that includes Psychology to make an informed choice about their future courses. 

Students who have studied A level Psychology at Ribston Hall have gone on to study a wide range of subjects  (such as medicine) at leading Universities including both Oxford and Cambridge. In addition a number of students have continued on from undergraduate degrees in Psychology to post graduate qualifications and former students are now working in the fields of Clinical, Health, Forensic, Occupational and Educational Psychology.

The subject is offered at both AS and A Level. The A level qualification is assessed by three examinations which are taken at the end of the two year course. 

The first examination is Research Methods (01) and requires students to plan, conduct, analyse and report psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques. The examination last for two hours and is worth 30% of the final grade. 

The second examination is Psychological Themes Through Core Studies (02). The unit introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study. The examination last for two hours and is worth 35% of the final grade. 

The third examination is Applied Psychology (03) which includes a compulsory section on Issues in mental health and two applied options: Child psychology and Criminal psychology. The examination lasts for two hours and is worth 35% of the final grade.