• Examination board: AQA
  • Course length: 2 years

Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for the Academic or Combination study pathway. In addition, students must have GCSE Grade 6 in English Language and Grade 5 in Maths (or equivalent at BTEC Level 2).

The word Psychology is derived from two Greek words; psyche (mind, soul or spirit) and logos (study), which put together gives ‘Study for the mind’. Psychology is a very popular subject at A-level as it gives us explanations for why we think, feel and behave in the way that we do. Psychology is interested in explaining individual behaviour such as what makes us different and similar to other individuals and how we interact.

If you are interested in research, like to be challenged, involved in discussing issues and can draw together often conflicting information into written or verbal reports, then you may be interested in Psychology as a course.


The year one course covers six main topics over the first year, these are Memory, Early Social Development, Biopsychology, Abnormality, Social Influence and Psychopathology. Throughout the study of these topics you will also develop an understanding of Psychological research and scientific methods.


The year two course covers Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology as optional topics. Students will also develop an understanding of the Psychological Research and Scientific Methods. This is examined as a stand alone unit at A-level and encourages students to think about conducting their own Psychological research as well as being able to critically evaluate research conducted by others.

Students are encouraged throughout the two years to look at these topic areas from various Psychological perspectives and to develop an understanding of the Issues and Debates that Psychologists face throughout their study.


Assessments at the end of year two will assess knowledge from the beginning of the two years, AS results will not count towards the final grade. 3 x 2 hour exams in June.

Psychology would be beneficial for university degrees in Psychology, Social Sciences and vocational courses such as teaching, the police force, speech therapy, nursing, social work etc. Psychology would also be useful in such areas as careers/degree courses which require interpersonal skills and the study of people and society.

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