You Analyse Dreams and Body Language
Sorry to disappoint you but no, we don’t do anything like this. In fact I have never had a lecture on body language or dreams, same as at a-level. Though, we do have to know about Sigmund Freud who is the creator of Dream analysis, we don’t actually have to analyse dreams as this is a very outdated part of psychology. Body language is still around today and I do find it quite interesting to read about, but it is very subjective and not often used in Psychology.
It’s an Easy Subject
If you go into Psychology thinking that it’s an “easy option” you’re going to struggle, especially at A-Level. One of the topics is Biological Psychology which is all about how things inside the body relate to behaviour, you have to know about the parts of the brain and how the chemicals work around it and what this does to behaviour as well as damages to parts of the brain and what this does. Furthermore, you have to know statistics which is a form of maths, incredibly difficult and hard to get your head round, especially if you don’t like maths in the first place.I’ll give you an example of a question which I have to answer for a piece of coursework:
There are a lot of Psychological studies that you need to know about and a lot of different research methods and ethics. It’s very much more of a science nowadays than it used to be, which is why it is now classed as a bachelor of science at degree level.
You only Learn about Mental Health
You do learn about mental health, I actually have a module this year called “abnormal Psychology” which is all about mental health such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and even a lecture on Serial Killer’s. But I also have other topics, this year my modules include:
- Research Methods and Statistics 2: As I am in my second year this is my second module on research methods and statistics this is where I learn about how to conduct experiments and analysis.
- Biological, Cognitive and Developmental: This consists of three areas of psychology and have several weeks on each, I had a few weeks on Developmental Psychology which is all about children and how they develop and learn e.g. how children learn to read. I have just finished Biological Psychology which is all about the brain and how it works, I did about things like the visual system and neuroanatomy. My final topic will be Cognitive Psychology which is all about the way we think, this will include things such as perception, memory and attention.
- Social and Individual Differences: This is again the same as Bio, Cognitive and Developmental as we spend a few weeks on each topic, I did Individual Differences from September to December which is all about things which are entirely different from person to person such as intelligence and personality. I am now on Social Psychology which is about how we interact with each other and the world, this involves learning about things like aggression and relationships.
- Psychology in Application 2: This was a module I also did in my first year and is all about setting you up for work, theres a programme called “World of Work” that gives you different stages to complete to help prepare you for work such as writing a cv/cover letter. The lectures on this module come from people in the world of Psychology and saying exactly what their job involves, last week we had a lecture from a Forensic Psychologist and then an Occupational Psychologist.