A-Level Psychology

Course Description 

Psychology is a popular subject which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace.

This qualification offers students an engaging and stimulating introduction to the study of psychology, combined with the academic integrity and skills that Higher Education and employers value.

We are confident that this specification will continue to ensure that the psychologists of the future will have a fascinating and coherent introduction to the subject.

The AQA specification: 7181-7182

AS-Level

Paper 1: Social influence, memory, attachment.

Paper 2: Approaches in psychology, psychopathology and research methods.

Each paper is 50% of AS (0% of the full A-level).

Each exam is 1.5 hours and 72 marks in total.

A-level

Paper 1: Social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology.

Paper 2: Approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods.

Paper 3: Issues and debates in psychology, plus three option topics.

Each paper is 33.3% of A-level.

Each exam is 2 hours and 96 marks in total.

Psychology is useful in a wide range of careers as it equips you with the ability to understand people and behaviours, as well as developing critical and communicative skills which are useful in a range of environments and occupations.  Studying psychology also helps develop practical maths skills, including understanding graphs and interpreting statistical analyses.  Psychology students are desirable employees because they have both language and numerical skill.

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving 59% A*-C

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving 91% A*-C

Interest in studying psychology has grown enormously in recent years. Not only is psychology a fascinating subject in itself with pathways to a range of careers within the discipline such as; clinical, counselling, educational, forensic and health psychology. But psychology also provides a useful training for a much wider range of career options. These include market research, social work, teaching, nursing, advertising, sales, and media subject to study. Graduates in psychology have also been successful in broadcasting, human resources, medicine, the police and the Armed Forces.