A' Level Psychology

Psychology involves the study of mental processes and behaviour in the context of real life experiences. This course is for those who have an enquiring mind, like to discuss and wish to gain an understanding of how humans (and non-humans) develop, socialise and interact with each other. Psychology is not just an academic subject; it's a life-skill.


A' Level Course content:

Unit 1: Social Influence - Why people comform to group pressures and obey authority?

Unit 2: Memory - How do we remember and why do we forget?

Unit 3: Attachment - How and why do we form attachments to others?

Unit 4: Approaches in Psychology - What are the origins of Psychology and is Psychology a science?

Unit 5: Psychopathology - What is 'abnormality'? And how do people develop Phobias, Depression and OCD?

Unit 6: Research Methods - How is psychological research carried out and interpreted?

Unit 7: Biopsychology - How does the brain work?

Unit 8: Issues and debates in Psychology - Are Psychlogical studies biasd in anyway?


Plus 1 topic from each of these option blocks:

Option block 1: Relationships, Gender or Cognitive Development

Option block 2: Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress

Option block 3: Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction


Entry requirements

Students must have GCSE grades BBC from Maths, English Language and a Science. (The B should be from English and Science).


Three written exams at the end of the second year of study:

Paper 1: 2 hour exam, units 1-4, worth 33.3% of A' Level

Paper 2: 2 hour exam, units 5-7, worth 33.3% of A' Level

Paper 3: 2 hour exam, unit 8 plus one subject from each option block, worth 33.3% of A' Level


Career Pathways

Students will develop transferable skills that support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to employment, including quantitative and analytical analysis and forming and testing hypotheses. The development and application of mathematical skills prepare students for study of psychology and related courses at university.

Students can progress from this qualification to higher education qualifications such as psychology degrees and biology-related courses, or further education courses such as BTEC Higher Nationals e.g. the Higher Nationals in Applied Biology and Biological Sciences for Industry.