A Level Psychology

Subject area
A Levels
2 Years
Type of course
Full Time

About the course

Psychology is the study of the human mind and human behaviour. We seek to understand and explain thoughts, emotions and behaviour by looking at different explanations or perspectives.

Psychology is an interesting and challenging subject. It is highly regarded by employers and universities as it focuses on an understanding of what makes us think, feel and behave. It is a dynamic subject advancing quickly within the scientific discipline.

Why choose this course?

Psychology will appeal to students who are interested in understanding human behaviour. It is the science of behaviour and experience and encompasses a wide range of topics and subject areas.

Subjects covered

AS Subject Content
1. Social influence
2. Memory
3. Attachment
4. Approaches in Psychology
5. Psychopathology
6. Research methods

Assessed through two 1.5 hour written exams; one on Introductory Topics in Psychology and one on Psychology in Context, both entailing short questions and essays.

A Level Subject Content
Compulsory content:
1. Social influence
2. Memory
3. Attachment
4. Psychopathology
5. Approaches in Psychology
6. Biopsychology
7. Research methods
8. Issues and debates in psychology

Optional content
Option 1:
9.   Relationships
10. Gender
11. Cognition and development

Option 2:
12. Schizophrenia
13. Eating behaviour
14. Stress

Option 3:
15. Aggression
16. Forensic psychology
17. Addiction

Assessed through three, 2 hour written exams; each entailing short questions and essays.

Resources Required
Textbook to be advised on first day.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grade A*-C, including English Language grade 4 or above and a grade 5 or above in Maths.

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