Psychology (A Level)

 Psychology is the fascinating study of ‘the science of the mind’. You will learn through key psychological studies people’s behaviour and the possible reasons behind it.  You will develop skills such as evaluation and analysis to reach scientific and developed conclusions. Alongside this you will discover how psychology has been applied to the real world for both good and bad.


What will you be learning?

Year 12

In year 12 we will explore four different areas of psychology. The first being Social Psychology where we look at behaviours such as obedience and prejudice. In Cognitive Psychology we look at current and past theories of memory as well as topical issues such as Dementia and Alzheimer's. In Biological Psychology we look at the central nervous system and the link to emotions and consequential behaviour. Lastly we examine Learning Theories such as conditioning and social learning theory and explore the area of phobias. 


Year 13

In the second year we look at the application to psychology topics of Clinical Psychology and Criminological Psychology.  We examine issues such as mental health diagnosis, the causes of schizophrenia, aggression and eye witness testimonies.


Throughout the course you will learn about research methods leading to the conducting of your own psychological experiments, self-reports, observations and statistical analysis. Maths skills are therefore 10% of this qualification.


You will also be required to answer key questions in which you discuss contemporary issues from today’s society, using your knowledge from the topics and applying the key issues and debates that run throughout the psychology course with topics such as ethics, reductionism and reliability.



How is it assessed?

Paper 1:

Foundations in Psychology, exam 2hrs, 35%

Paper 2:

Applications of Psychology, exam, 2hrs, 35%

Paper 3:

Psychological Skills, exam, 2hrs, 30%


Entry Requirements

5x 4-9 GCSEs including minimum grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. As well as a minimum of grade 4 in a Science subject.s.