Course Outline

The Psychology A-Level course is suitable for students who wish to develop their interest in the study of human behaviour. The aim of the course is to enable you to study psychological theories and concepts and develop your skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Psychology prospectus

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology - This unit includes learning about social influence (why we obey, conform and change the majority’s point of view), memory, attachment and psychopathology (how mental health disorders affect people and how they are treated). 

Paper 2: Psychology in Context – This unit includes learning about the different schools of psychology from behavioural to biopsychology and how human behaviour is studied as a science. Additionally you will be learning about research methods and the mathematical element of psychology.

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology – This unit includes learning about psychological debates (such as nature or nurture), schizophrenia, gender and aggression.

Entrance requirements and skills needed

psychology.jpgAn interest in human behaviour! Is it the innate or the outside influences that make us behave the way we do? Do genetics and/or hormones make us the person we are or do social influences such as our parents and friends have the biggest impact on our behaviour? These are the questions we will try to answer.

Good essay writing and numeracy skills. Students will develop their essay writing skills, will conduct experiments and write scientific reports. You will be expected to read around the subject to enhance your knowledge.

Assessments - AQA Qualification

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The AS and A Level exams are 100% exam based.

The AS Level exam consists of the first two papers and contains multiple choice, short answer and extended answer (essay) questions. Each paper is worth 50% of your mark.

The A Level exam consists of all three papers at the end of the two year course with similar content to the AS exam but longer essay questions. Each of the three papers is worth a third of your final grade.


Why study Psychology

Whatever career you pursue, a background in psychology will enhance your employability. Studying psychology can;


  • Develop sound analytical skills through the application of scientific method. Psychology is a science. The defining feature of any science is the objective approach that is used to advance our knowledge. In psychology we use this scientific approach to learn about behaviour and mental life. Psychology provides an excellent training in analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are applicable to a broad range of careers.
  • Prepare you for a career as a professional Psychologist. Psychologists work in a wide variety of different contexts, including clinical, legal, sport, organisational, educational and research settings in both the private and public sector. The initial training required to work as a psychologist is an accredited undergraduate degree in psychology. Specialist training in different professional areas is then provided in postgraduate degrees. 
  • Provide excellent job prospects in a wide range of careers including a Counsellor, Market Researcher, Psychiatrist, Teacher or a role within Social Work, HR, Police, Sports Psychology, Health Care, or the Business Sector.

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