Psychology is the study of how people think, act, react and interact. It is concerned with all aspects of human behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour.
Psychologists do not just attempt to simply explain people’s behaviour, they use their understanding to help people with difficulties and bring about change for the better. For example, psychologists are concerned with practical problems such as helping victims of crime, helping students who have educational and behavioural difficulties at school, reducing stress at work, eye witness testimony, forensics, explanations for aggressive behaviour and psychopathology (phobias, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder).
Psychologists observe and measure behaviour, and their therapies are based on scientific study. Psychology has links with many disciplines and including biological, computer and forensic science as well as humanities such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology and even literature. It involves study of theory, empirical evidence and practical applications. This mix of disciplines helps to make psychology such a fascinating subject.
There is no written coursework for AQA Psychology; students are assessed solely on their examination performance. There are three exams which take place at the end of Year 13, these are:
Introductory Topics in Psychology (Covered in Year 12): Social Influence, Memory and Attachment.
Psychology in Context (Covered in Year 12): Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods.
Issues, Debates & Approaches (Covered in Year 13)
Optional Topics (Covered in Year 13): Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression.
The course requires students to be able to read complex material from a wide range sources, to learn scientific experiments and analyse them using statistics. No previous experience of Psychology is required. This course is very contemporary with regards to the evidence studied, a keen interest in cultural affairs is also beneficial.