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Is psychology and sociology a good combination of A levels to take?

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cocococo asked 4 years ago

I have 4 days to choose my A levels and I have already chosen two so now I have to choose two more. I have a strong interest in psychology as it is studying the mind and would love to take. The same with sociology, it seems like an interesting subject to study however I want to know if it will be hard studying both at once?

I am definitely studying business and politics so how hard is it going to be to study psychology and sociology with the two subjects I have already chosen!

Also could you tell me a bit about each of these subjects; psychology and sociology?

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Garrulous answered 4 years ago

I have just done my AS in both psychology and sociology, and I would say it was manageable. Psychology is a lot harder than sociology, but I did have a teacher in psychology who set 4 hours homework a night, no exaggeration.

In psychology it depends what exam board you are going to do, if its AQA
in the first year you will learn about attachment, memory, stress, abnormal behaviour, social influence and research methods. In attachment you will learn about how the types of attachment children make when they are younger affect their personalities today and how they handle future relationships. You will also learn the impact of children who were brought up in institutions and cases for example Genie who was in privation until the age of 13.

In memory you learn about how things are encoded, stored and remembered, there are two different models the working memory and the multi store model (you may want to research these beforehand), also learn about the impact of memory on eye witnesses and how social influence, expectations, filling in the blanks of a story will impact what they remembered.

Stress – you learn about how the body copes with stress, stress in the workplace and different personalities who are more or less likely to be stressed

Social influence – the pressure for people to conform to the group in order to be liked, fit in etc. and the pressure to obey authority – (this topic is very interesting with genius studies)

Abnormal – Here you will learn the different types of abnormality, therapies to help people with phobia’s, depression, anxiety etc

Research methods – how studies are conducted, and how to criticize them

SOCIOLOGY AS

Here you will learn fewer topics than psychology and they tend to be a lot easier

you learn about the family, (types of family, how family has changed, feminists perspectives of the family, marxist’s perspectives, functionalists perspectives, how the family can be harmful, marriage, divorce, )
also you will learn about the education system (teacher labelling students and the affect this has on their achievements, ethnicity and education, gender and education, social class and education,)

research methods (this topic overlaps psychology)

Hope that helped! But both are very interesting, my favourite is psychology