Course Information


Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* - C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. You will explore issues dealing with how and why people behave in certain ways and what links people’s behaviour to the environment.

A-level Psychology is a two year linear course which consists of three externally assessed units incorporating a range of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. External examinations will take place at the end of the second year covering all of the content. Internal examinations will take place at the end of year 12 to determine progression onto year 13.  

What you will do

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues

  • Apply psychological knowledge and understanding content in a range of theoretical and practical contexts

  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods

  • To make judgements and reach conclusions and develop and refine practical design and procedures.

  • Evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills

  • Design and conduct research, including the analysis and interpretation of data.


Year One Psychology includes:


Unit 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology:

  • Social Influence

  • Memory

  • Attachment

  • Psychopathology


Unit 2: Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in psychology

  • Biopsychology

  • Research Methods (including data handling and analysis, scientific processes and inferential testing)



Year Two Psychology includes:


Unit 2: Psychology in Context (continuation from year 12)

  • Approaches in psychology

  • Research methods (including data handling and analysis, scientific processes and inferential testing)


Unit 3: Issues and options in psychology

  • Issues and debates in psychology

  • Relationships

  • Schizophrenia

  • Forensic psychology


Future prospects

Following a degree course in any of the Social Sciences can lead to a career in Health and Social Care Services, Human Resources, Business Management, Education and Research, Prison Services, Civil Service, Forensic Services. In addition, there are several core fields students could enter following a degree course in Psychology: Clinical Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational Psychology and Research.