A-Level Psychology

Overview

“Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it influences our (human) behaviour.”

British Psychological Society.

If you choose to study A-Level Psychology, you will attempt to explain the many different facets of human behaviour: from why we follow the orders of our parents/teachers, to why some people suffer from disorders like depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and schizophrenia. You will also engage in a range of interesting debates and consider questions like: Is gender (masculinity and femininity) the product of our biological makeup or the product of society? (Nature-Nurture Debate) Does someone choose whether they will commit a crime or is their behaviour caused by internal/external factors? (Free Will versus Determinism). A full breakdown of the course can be found in the table below.

Key Information

  • Qualification: A-Level

  • Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements

  • English 5+

  • Maths 5+

  • Double Science 5+|5+.

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Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • 2 hours - 96 Marks

  • 33.3% of A-Level

  • Section A: Social Influence

  • Section B: Memory

  • Section C: Attachment

  • Section D: Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

  • 2 hours - 96 Marks

  • 33.3% of A-Level

  • Section A: Approaches in Psychology

  • Section B: Biopsychology

  • Section C: Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

  • 2 hours - 96 Marks

  • 33.3% of A-Level

  • Section A: Issues & Debates

  • Section B: Gender

  • Section C: Schizophrenia

  • Section D: Addiction

Progression

The field of Psychology is vast as it encapsulates all human behaviour. It is an extremely well respected and valued subject by employers, businesses and higher education establishments. It is considered to be a Science, yet its students are required to have many other skill sets, including essay writing.

This qualification gives students transferable knowledge and skills which prepares them for university degrees. When taken alongside other A Level/Vocational courses, students can progress onto degrees in Psychology, Teaching, Counselling, Health, Sport and Criminology, and many many more. Occupations that are commonly associated with Psychology include:

  • The Civil Service

  • Law

  • Sport

  • Clinical occupations

  • Education

  • Human Resources

  • Research Analysis

  • Police Force

  • Counselling Services

What goes well with Psychology?

Most subjects have some relevance to Psychology as it involves human interaction and perception. Combinations could include:

  • Sociology

  • Sport

  • Health & Social Care

  • English

  • Art

  • Biology

  • History