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    What's AS level psychology like? Is it interesting and intriguing or mundane? How difficult is it? I heard it's a lot of memorisation, is this true?
    Finally, what's the workload like starting from around now?

    Thanks in advance to anyone who answers my questions, be that some or all.
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    Well personally I found AS psychology boring and repetitive. Its pretty much all about memorising the textbook and then writing it all down in an exam question.
    But then again lots of people in my class love psychology so maybe its just me :/
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    (Original post by Jack_devin)
    What's AS level psychology like? Is it interesting and intriguing or mundane? How difficult is it? I heard it's a lot of memorisation, is this true?
    Finally, what's the workload like starting from around now?

    Thanks in advance to anyone who answers my questions, be that some or all.
    Hi there, I'm currently studying A2 Psychology and I am applying to study it at university, so i may be a little biased haha. I love the subject and i find it really interesting because you can apply it to situations you have come across in your everyday life. I will admit it is a lot of memorisation (especially essays) and it is quite a large workload if you want to do well in it. I would suggest you're fairly good at Biology to take it as some of the content can be quite difficult, especially at A2. My school required us to have a B in biology and B in maths GCSE to take it, although i didnt think there was much maths involved at As at least, only the odd bit of graph interpretation. I would recommend taking the subject as long as it fits with what you want to do at uni, if it doesn't its a nice 4th subject to take for a year

    Hope that helps, if you have any questions don't hesitate to message me
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    AS is basically remembering findings, figures, procedures and experimenters of experiments for the exam (AQA A spec)
    I personally hate exams like that because it's just a silly way of assessing someone - but it was extremely interesting which made the memorising part of it not really an issue.
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    (Original post by Jack_devin)
    What's AS level psychology like? Is it interesting and intriguing or mundane? How difficult is it? I heard it's a lot of memorisation, is this true?
    Finally, what's the workload like starting from around now?

    Thanks in advance to anyone who answers my questions, be that some or all.
    I wouldn't say it's particularly difficult - I had a B at AS though I know I could have improved as I left it late to revise.

    There is a lot of memorisation. I had to memorise the mark schemes, and had a lot of model answers to go through/memorise. Workload wasn't too bad for me either, but as said above, I should have began revising earlier, it is A LOT to remember.

    Some parts are a bit 'boring', however...a lot of it is really interesting. I think A2 is more interesting than AS though, at least personally
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    I'm only doing my GCSEs(year 10), but I know that Psychology is quite a difficult (and isn't looked upon fondly), especially at A-level. Personally, I suggest you go for something a little bit more hard-core. This is because A-Level Psychology is not seen as a 'facilitating' subject to Universities. Unis look more fondly on 'facilitating' subjects which include(but are not limited to) French, Spanish, Geology, History, Geography, Maths, Further Maths, English Language, English Literature, English Language & Literature Combined, etc.
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    I've only just started AS and I can already see that the subject is a researching type subject.

    Basically, the foundation of the whole course is a topic called research methods.
    In research methods, we explore what types of research can be carried out and explore all the controlled and non-controlled variables. These usually contain strength and weaknesses around research. You'll also explore different types of hypothesise and how to define your independent variables and dependant variables.
    AFTER A LOT OF RESEARCH METHODS you come to A LOT OF THEORY...
    The first topic is usually memory and contains case studies and other varies bits and bobs about memory which would be AO1. AO2 is evaluating e.g. give strengths and weaknesses of and AO3 is application of knowledge which usually consists of research methods.

    In summary, psychology is more based on how to preform different psychological experiments and how different case studies have preformed and given different results. (PS there is a TON of content)

    I'm finding psychology harder than all my other a levels which contain some of the hardest: chemistry, biology and statistics
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    (Original post by map786)
    I'm only doing my GCSEs(year 10), but I know that Psychology is quite a difficult (and isn't looked upon fondly), especially at A-level. Personally, I suggest you go for something a little bit more hard-core. This is because A-Level Psychology is not seen as a 'facilitating' subject to Universities. Unis look more fondly on 'facilitating' subjects which include(but are not limited to) French, Spanish, Geology, History, Geography, Maths, Further Maths, English Language, English Literature, English Language & Literature Combined, etc.
    Psychology is actually a good A level to study if considering getting a science degree, (similar to other social sciences) because if you do two 'hard sciences' but don't meet the grade requirement for one and as long as your a levels meet a particular standard then psychology can be replaced by that 'hard science'.

    Overall, psychology is actually looked highly on but just not as much as a science or maths. Realistically, psychology is too underrated.
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    (Original post by KingAuthor)
    Psychology is actually a good A level to study if considering getting a science degree, (similar to other social sciences) because if you do two 'hard sciences' but don't meet the grade requirement for one and as long as your a levels meet a particular standard then psychology can be replaced by that 'hard science'.

    Overall, psychology is actually looked highly on but just not as much as a science or maths. Realistically, psychology is too underrated.
    I agree! I think its a good subject to take if you enjoy science based subjects but you aren't suited to the typical 3 sciences. I know i would have found biology/chemistry/physics far to difficult but i still enjoy science
    Facilitating subjects aren't the be all or end all, i think you should take subjects you enjoy because you'll end up doing far better at them than you could at subjects you took purely because they look good to some unis
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    (Original post by KingAuthor)
    Psychology is actually a good A level to study if considering getting a science degree, (similar to other social sciences) because if you do two 'hard sciences' but don't meet the grade requirement for one and as long as your a levels meet a particular standard then psychology can be replaced by that 'hard science'.

    Overall, psychology is actually looked highly on but just not as much as a science or maths. Realistically, psychology is too underrated.
    Yes 'KingAuthor' I agree with your point, now that I've come to think about it.
    Quite rightly said.

    Anyway, what would I know about A-level I'm only in Year 10 lol.
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    (Original post by aliciakt97)
    I agree! I think its a good subject to take if you enjoy science based subjects but you aren't suited to the typical 3 sciences. I know i would have found biology/chemistry/physics far to difficult but i still enjoy science
    Facilitating subjects aren't the be all or end all, i think you should take subjects you enjoy because you'll end up doing far better at them than you could at subjects you took purely because they look good to some unis
    I'm interesting in the mind, that's why I took psychology. However, I wasn't fully aware that the main focus of it was how to conduct research. They should change the subject name to 'Research Methods with Psychology' because they could literally just put a different course in there easily and call it 'Research Methods with Biology'.
 
 
 

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