Psychology

Course ID
A Level (Psychology)

Introduction to the Psychology department

Psychology is a fascinating subject and a popular choice at Wolverhampton Grammar School. The curriculum is designed to focus on the study of human behaviour and explores a number of topics including memory, attachment, stress, social psychology, visual perception, relationships and emotional intelligence as well as applied research methods. Topics are covered in themed units: cognitive psychology, development psychology, research methods, biological psychology, social psychology and individual differences.

Students particular enjoy the balance of classroom theory with “hands on” data collection and then practical application of academic ideas.

Understand psychology is not simply limited to the classroom either. All students are able to take part in the Psychology Club and Junior School students preparing to join the Senior School are introduced to the subject via the Psychology Passport Scheme.

Peter Johnstone is Head of Psychology at Wolverhampton Grammar School and teaches alongside Alison Causebrook and Kathy Dyer.

Psychology is a popular A Level subject at Wolverhampton Grammar School and complements many other courses of study, particularly English and Biology, although there is no prescribed preferential combination.

Psychology at Wolverhampton Grammar School will be different to anything you have experienced before. You will learn a range of skills as well as the academic discipline itself. The expert staff who teach you will guide and coach you to actively ‘do’ psychology as opposed to simply study its central assumptions.

Psychology is a subject that suits anybody who wants to gain scientific insight into behaviour. It is about unravelling the myths surrounding much of human behaviour and offering empirically estable theories, grounded in controlled experiments. The aim is for stereotypical assumptions to be dismantled and be replaced with concrete, factual analysis instead.

 Psychology has also, importantly, been upgraded in status as a science at A level and this may well be a welcome additional consideration for those who are already intending to include it in their studies. It fits naturally with Biology and PE, but goes well with a wide array of subjects.

Psychology combines classroom theory with much ‘hands on’ data collection, via questionnaires, surveys, observations and observation. It is much more than something students ‘study’; students are very much active at the heart of the subject and are instrumental in its findings and conclusions – however much those might deviate from established norms.

Assessment

AS Paper 1 Social Influence, Memory, Attachment

  • 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 50% of AS

AS Paper 2 Approaches, Psychopathology, Research Methods

  • 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 50% of AS

A Level Paper 1 Introductory topics in psychology

  • 2 hours
  • 33.3% of A Level

A Level Paper 2 Psychology in context

  • 2 hours
  • 33.3% of A Level

A Level Paper 3 Issues and options in psychology

  • 2 hours
  • 33.3% of A Level

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