Psychology A Level

Head of Department: Mr Paul Cline

Wherever they work, whatever they do in their life, learning about Psychology gives students the most invaluable insight into the motivations of themselves and others. In the Psychology Department we guarantee to challenge your preconceptions, deepen your understanding of human behaviour and open your eyes to the fundamental importance of careful, scientific study of the origins of both typical and atypical behaviour.

What do you do in Psychology?

You will learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising, independent and capable.

Paper 1

  • Social psychology, including obedience and prejudice
  • Cognitive psychology, including memory
  • Biological psychology, including aggression, brain functioning, CNS and neurotransmitters
  • Learning theories, including conditioning, social learning and phobias

Paper 2

  • Clinical psychology, including diagnosis and treatments of mental disorders such as schizophrenia
  • Criminal psychology, including explanations for offending, psychology of the courtroom, and treatments for offenders

Paper 3

  • Reviews of methodologies, research studies, issues and debates

You will develop transferable skills that support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to employment, including quantitative and qualitative analysis, and forming and testing hypotheses.

Department trips include student conferences in London, and the Royal Bethlem Hospital and Museum of the Mind which gives a fascinating insight into the treatment of mental health. In addition there are lectures given by visiting specialists and the annual Brain Day.

Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Psychology achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)

Psychology - % A*- B = 66%