What makes people tick? Why do some people behave the way they do? Why do different things affect your mood and confidence?

The subject develops a set of important transferable skills including critical analysis and research design. You’ll learn about a broad range of subjects, including social and cognitive psychology, child development, and the psychology that lies behind atypical behaviour. As you discover how others think, you’ll also gain an insight into your own psyche and behavioural traits, which is a valuable asset in both your personal and working life. Your A Level Psychology will be a stepping stone to further education, a fulfilling career – and a better future.

You will have a Personal Coach who supports and guides you through the course. You will meet with your coach for group meetings and for personal one to one meetings on a regular basis.

Exam Board: AQA

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

In order to study this fascinating subject it is recommended you should have a GCSE grade 6 in English, Maths and Science. You will need to be prepared to study and analyse a wide variety psychological theory and research from a broad area of the curriculum. You will need to develop sophisticated skills of critical thinking and to be able to analyse the value of the research using the skills of a scientist. This is a social science and the demands are extremely challenging.

A Level Psychology covers the following topics:

Unit 1 - Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

Unit 2- Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology and Research methods.

Unit 3 - Issues and Debates in psychology, Relationships, Eating behaviours and Addiction.

These units will be taught through a combination of practical investigations, class/group/individual projects and presentations, debates, discussions, practical activities and essay writing skills activities.

What will I learn on this Advanced GCE course?

You will develop your understanding of how science contributes to the success of the society. You will learn about different areas of psychology and how they relate to each other. Through studying this course, you will gain transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. You will also gain knowledge and understanding of how science works which will prepare you for further study.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit school assessments at the end of each half-term to monitor you progress and an AS exam in the summer of year 12.

In June, Year 13 you will sit your external examinations. The exams will comprise of:

Paper 1: 2 hours, 96 marks, 33⅓% of A Level

Paper 2: 2 hours, 96 marks, 33⅓% of A Level

Paper 3: 2 hours, 96 marks, 33⅓% of A Level

Progression:

Higher education courses in Psychology, Education and Forensic Science.

Careers:

  • Sports psychologist

  • Clinician

  • Neuropsychology