Exam Board: AQA
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Psychologists do experiments and observations to try to understand why people act the way they do. They use this understanding to create useful applications to help people. If you are interested in understanding other humans better, then this might be the subject for you.
Additionally, learning about how and why people behave in certain ways will help you build communication skills. People with a Psychology background can be found in business, management, medicine, healthcare, teaching, research, marketing, social work, police, the arts… anywhere there are people!
A-level Psychology is a linear qualification which is usually taken over two years. It requires academic writing, mathematical and scientific skills. GCSE subjects which would be useful include any Science or Social Science subjects (although it is not necessary to have studied Psychology before), Maths, History, English or any other essay-based subject.
AQA Subject Content (Year 1 & 2)
Optional content (Year 2 only)
There are three Option categories. Students learn one topic from each Option category. This year’s topics are Gender, Schizophrenia and Aggression.
A-level course (Examined in Year 2)