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This course will provide an insight into many aspects of human behaviour and the effect that genetics and the environment have on the way we behave. It is a STEM science that encourages students to develop transferable skills in research, evaluation, analysis, comparison and many other areas. There are many specialist careers in psychology including; clinical, educational, sports and forensic to give some examples.


Psychology is a good foundation subject for other University courses and excellent preparation for many careers. Examples include the caring professions such as medicine, nursing, social work, child care and counselling; legal professions including police and solicitors; areas of business, especially advertising, marketing and human relations; teaching at both primary and secondary levels.




AS Level Course Structure


The course is made up of two units which include the study of; Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches to psychology (cognitive, behaviourist and biological), Research methods and Biopsychology.


To complete the AS level students will have to sit two one and a half hour papers worth 50% of the AS Level each. Both papers will be sat at the end of the AS course.





A Level Course Structure



Students who sit the A level course will cover the AS content and then learn additional material for a third paper in which they will learn about a range of issues and debates surrounding the theories and research methods in Psychology. They will then learn the three option topics; Relationships, Stress and Addiction.


To complete the A level students will sit three papers. The first two papers will contain the topics of the AS, but the questions will be more complex. Each paper sat at the end of the two years is two hours long and worth one-third of the full A level.




Extended Learning



Students are encouraged to extend their knowledge of the topic areas through specified extension activities to their classwork, or through reading more in-depth articles on the topics they are studying in the Psychological Review.







Entry Criteria

Ideally Grade 5 GCSE

English Language, Grade

5 GCSE Maths and Grade

C GCSE Science


Course Leader

Miss. L. Barnes