Psychology (A Level)

AQA A-Level Psychology

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. This course will introduce students to the theories and methods in psychology. It offers the opportunity to look at some of the explanations psychologists give to understand humans and their interaction with the world in which we live. From a personal perspective students should find the fundamental questions of the psychologist of particular interest: Why do I behave like this? Why do I feel like this? Why do I think like this? These questions are explored through the analysis of research studies and theories, as well as practical work.

Entry requirements: Students will need to have a Grade 5 in maths or above. 

Career opportunities: There are a wide range of job opportunities for a future career after studying Psychology A Level, as the development of your analytical, evaluative and critical skills as well as your understanding of research methods, lend themselves to many different areas of work. For example, Clinical /Counselling / Educational psychologist, Education mental health practitioner, social researcher, marketing and teaching (as well as many more!).

Assessment overview: The A Level course covers eleven core topics:

Year 12:

  • Research methods
  • Social Influence
  • Attachment
  • Memory 
  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Biopsychology

Year 13:

  • Research methods
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Issues & Debates
  • Forensic Psychology

The subject has three papers of assessment.(2 hours each):

Paper 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology

Paper 2: Approaches to Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues & Debates, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology

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