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    So it's the summer holidays and I have kinda been freaking out because I think I have just changed my mind about my A-level choices! Now I think that I may want to take psychology instead of ancient history but I don't really know what it's like so can anyone who did/is doing it give me a brief idea of what it's like.

    Just as in what kind of course it is, how difficult it is (not too worried about that though cuz I've always been fine in science) and generally how interesting or enjoyable it is (u know for a school subject)
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    (Original post by Monmo74)
    So it's the summer holidays and I have kinda been freaking out because I think I have just changed my mind about my A-level choices! Now I think that I may want to take psychology instead of ancient history but I don't really know what it's like so can anyone who did/is doing it give me a brief idea of what it's like.

    Just as in what kind of course it is, how difficult it is (not too worried about that though cuz I've always been fine in science) and generally how interesting or enjoyable it is (u know for a school subject)
    I've just finished my Psychology A Level (hopefully moving into a degree). Not sure about the other exam boards but I can tell you about AQA Psychology.

    I've really enjoyed the subject but I think it will depend on how confident you are in science- I know a few people who struggled due to the biology element or the new emphasis on statistics/research methods. You learn about how psychologists learn about human behaviour- the types of studies used and also how they make sure results are valid and significant (through statistical tests).
    Though in my exams I never had to really do the full statistical test, it was often questions on what test you would use and/or determining whether a result is significant in an example study.

    In both years, we did Biopsychology but only in A2 did I have a full section on Biopsychology (with content about Spilt Brain research, Biological rhythms, Localisation of function.. etc). Personally.. I'd recommend spending time on Research Methods and Biopsychology as a lot of people tend to struggle in those sections.. may as well have an edge over other students.

    I think both history and psychology also involve a lot of writing.. so I guess it depends on what subject is more useful to your later studies or more interesting to you.

    I know this seems long winded.. but I guess I was trying to focus on the stuff that people don't really think about when taking Psychology. I think as long as you are okay with Biology and some minor maths you'll be fine- especially with 2 years to go over the content and skills.
    Could try looking at a revision guide to see what kind of topics are involved and etc.

    Hope I helped a little
 
 
 
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