If you are fascinated by human behaviour, and eager to develop an understanding of yourself or of people in the world, then Psychology is for you.
Here at Altrincham College, our Psychology students will gain scientific knowledge; relevant to behaviour, develop skills in analysing statistical data, as well as develop their communication skills.
Our students will finish the course equipped with the knowledge to progress to university, with the potential to excel in careers in Health and Social Care, Marketing and PR, Management, Human Resources, Education, and Public Sector work, Child Psychology and Criminal Psychology.
Meet the Psychology Department
|Mr C Phipps||Teacher in Charge of Psychology|
Five or more A*‐ C (9-4 under the new grading system) grades at GCSE including English Language, Maths and Science.
Grade B (5/6) in English Language is preferred.
|A Level||Students will study two of four major applications in Psychology.|
Topics 1-4(Foundations in Psychology)
Topics 5 & one other(Applications in Psychology)
Students will focus on:
Any one of the following:
Learning Methods and Assessment
In each unit, students will:
- Discover a key topic of research,
- Learn about important studies related to that topic, and
- Find out how research is conducted in that area of psychology.
Specifically AS, students will learn to use statistical tests to help interpret data collected in class exercises and be expected to conduct questionnaires, interviews, experiment and observations. Students will be required to format hypotheses and record results in a variety of ways, such as reports, graphs and tables and use these results to format a conclusion.
Assessment at A level
|Unit 1||Foundations in Psychology‐ 2 hours (35% of A level)|
|Unit 2||Applications of Psychology – 2 hours (35% of A level)|
|Unit 3||Psychological skills – 2 hours (30% of A level)|
All students are expected to be hardworking, highly motivated and have a real interest in people’s behaviour and its explanations. They must be able to learn independently and be able to stick to deadlines.
Psychology provides many opportunities to develop skills in assessing debates and arguments. You will need to:
- Be willing to have your opinions and values challenged
- Be willing to listen to and take on board new ideas and novel arguments
- Be able to see both sides of an issue; not rejecting one side simply because you initially believe it is wrong.