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Psychology

PSYCHOLOGY A LEVEL

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. It is a fascinating subject that gives students an insight into the workings of the human mind and supports students to see the world from different perspectives. It informs students about the processes and statistical tests used by psychologists. Psychology encourages students to develop their organisational, independent learning and analytical, critical thinking skills and more. The course is taught through a series of interactive activities where students have opportunities to discuss, critically evaluate and conduct their own research.

Course Outline 

Examination board – AQA

The A Level is a two-year course which comprises of three examination papers: 

Unit 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology 

Unit 2: Approaches, Biopsychology, Research methods 

Unit 3: Issues & Debates, Schizophrenia, Gender, Addiction 

Assessment 

The A Level is assessed at the end of the two-year course. There are three written examinations (Units 1-3) each lasting 2 hours. There is no coursework. 

Requirements 

GCSE Grade 6 in Science 

GCSE Grade 5 in English and Maths 

Future Possibilities

Career pathways: University degree and Apprenticeships and Employment

Psychology can lead to specific careers as a Psychologist in fields such as Clinical, Forensic psychology, Criminology, Educational Psychology and Counselling and therapy and Occupational Psychology. Other careers that Psychology could lead to include Health and Social welfare sector; such as working in Rehabilitation, Mental Health Services, Police and Social Work in addition to commercial, professional and managerial jobs.