Exam Board AQA

Why Should I Study This Course?

Psychology is classed as a science subject and therefore will involve some mathematical calculations and an understanding of the research process.
It is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience – psychology is the study of people, behaviour and the mind.
Psychologists use the same methods as other scientists and evidence from experiments, interviews, observations etc. help us to explain human behaviour.
A broad subject, psychology covers many different areas and is a fascinating and worthwhile subject.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

There is something for everybody in psychology but you have to be interested in people and what makes them tick.
You must be literate (able to write essays) and numerate (able to deal with research findings and data)
Think of choosing this subject if you enjoy a challenge, can cope with a large amount of course content and are interested in people.
An enquiring mind is essential for the subject, as is the ability to develop and use critical skills of analysis and interpretation.
Remember psychology is a science and is a very rigorous, exacting subject.

Course Breakdown

Year 1 and 2

Paper 1

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
    2 hour exam

Paper 2

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods
    2 hour exam

Paper 3

  • Issues and Debates
  • Relationships
  • Eating Behaviour
  • Forensic Psychology
    2 hour exam

Where Can it Take Me?

A Level Psychology provides a good foundation for further study of psychology and related subjects, such as educational, clinical and forensic psychology at Higher Education. Equally, it is useful for careers in business, human resources, nursing, sports coaching, media, and marketing.

Psychology Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mrs I Greyling
Mrs H Watson
Mrs S Gelder
Mr J Wright