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A-level Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. If you are interested in understanding other humans better, then this might be the subject for you.

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Exam Board: AQA

Psychology

You will learn about how psychologists investigate and explain a wide range of human behaviours from conformity to mental illness. Psychologists do experiments and make observations to try to understand why people act the way they do. They use this understanding to create useful applications to help people. Additionally, learning about how and why people behave in certain ways will help you build communication skills.

Entry Requirements

Psychology requires academic writing, mathematical and scientific skills. GCSE subjects which would be useful include any Science or Social Science, Psychology, Maths, History, English or any other essay-based subject.

Course Content

Compulsory Content:

Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods, Issues and Debates in Psychology

Optional content (Year 13 only):

There are three Option categories. Students learn one topic from each Option category. This year’s topics are Gender, Schizophrenia and Aggression.

Where Does it Lead?

Psychology gives you lots of transferable skills and the subject is useful in several careers. Many students who take A-level Psychology enrol on degree courses in Psychology, English, Sociology, Business Studies, Teaching, Sports Science, and Law. People with a Psychology background can be found in business, management, medicine, healthcare, teaching, research, marketing, social work and the police to name just a few.

Assessment

AS (Year 12)
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There are two written exams at the end of Year 12:

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology. Compulsory content 1-3. Assessed by written exam – 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context. Compulsory content 4-7. Assessed by written exam – 1 hour 30 minutes.

A-level (Year 13)
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There are three exams at the end of Year 13:

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology. Compulsory content 1-4. Assessed by written exam – 2 hours.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context. Compulsory content 5-7. Assessed by written exam – 2 hours.

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology. Compulsory content: 8. Optional content: one from Option 1; one from Option 2; one from Option 3. Assessed by written exam – 2 hours.

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