Psychology A-Level, AQA

Psychology A-Level is an ideal subject for those students interested in the ordinary and the extraordinary facets of the mind and behaviour. Thanks to the small class sizes psychology students interact with each other constantly, a major benefit in a subject concerned with human interaction. The environment enables a more individual approach to the subject, with students able to be closely supported and guided throughout and to develop their interest and enthusiasm.

How can Psychology contribute to a future career?

Psychology provides students with a wide knowledge base and range of skills. Through studying Psychology they will develop a greater awareness of the world and their place within it. Psychology plays a key role in lifelong learning and so opens up many options for the future. Psychology is useful for those pursuing careers in media, medicine, public affairs, education, sport, the criminal justice system, marketing and business. The value of psychological skills is widely recognised by employers, notably in the fields of leadership, management and human resources.

Course of Study

  • Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology (2 hours) Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context (2 hours)
  • Paper 3: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods
  • Paper 4: Issues and Options in Psychology (2 hours) Issues and Debates in Psychology

and a choice of 3 options, 1 from each of the following 3 groups:

  1. Relationships, Gender or Cognition and development
  2. Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour or Stress
  3. Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addition

How is this course implemented?

Through a wide range of resources and teaching methods including group work, discussion, tutorials, ICT and practical research.

How is this course assessed?

A-Level papers have a combination of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing for each of the areas on the paper. The course is examined through three 2 hour papers, each worth 33.3% of the A-Level grade.


Contact name for further information: Mrs. D Tonkins, Head of Psychology

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