Examination Board : WJEC
Advanced Level Course in Psychology.
Advanced Subsidiary Psychology can be used in one of two ways, either as a final qualification or as a way of discovering what academic psychology is about. AS Psychology can be used as the first half of an A level in Psychology.
There are two exams leading to the AS qualification and two more to complete the full A level qualification.
Some topics studied at AS and A2 are:
Thinking and reasoning
Therapies and treatments for mental illness
Mating behaviour in humans
Conformity and obedience
Research methods and experimental design.
Levels of awareness including hypnosis, sleep and dreaming.
Memory and forgetting.
Forensic (criminal) psychology
Ethical issues of using humans and animals in experiments
Gender and cultural biases in research
The use of Psychology in advertising and warfare
The scientific basis of psychology.
Students find psychology an interesting and refreshing subject to study because for most it is a new topic which has not been studied previously. During the course we learn about how people behave and the mental processes involved in a variety of situations. It involves practical work designing and conducting investigations and also debates about ethical issues.
Psychology A level can be useful for students who intend to work with people. Many students have found it useful in jobs such as management, banking, media, nursing, police, social work, psychotherapy, physiotherapy, teaching and statistical analysis.