Faculty: Humanities

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” Shakespeare (Hamlet)

Psychology involves the scientific study of individuals. It raises many interesting questions by focusing on individual differences and why individuals behave in certain ways. Students learn the core areas of Psychology: Cognitive, Social, Biological, Developmental, Individual Differences and Research Methods. Students on the course enjoy discussing and debating topical issues, read widely around the topics and enjoy essay writing to communicate the debate.

Key stage 5 content

Exam Board: AQA

Entry requirements: Essential - Science 5         English 5              Maths 5

Course Outline

A-Level Psychology


% Grade

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology (96 marks)

2   hours


  •   Section A:    Social influence
  •   Section B: Memory
  •   Section C: Attachment
  •   Section D: Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in context (96 marks)

2   hours


  •   Section A: Approaches in Psychology
  •   Section B: Biopsychology
  •   Section C: Research methods 

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology (96   marks)

2   hours


  •   Section A:    Issues and Debates in Psychology
  •   Section B: Gender
  •   Section C: Schizophrenia
  •   Section D: Aggression















Students must take all three A-level papers at the end of their final year of study. Exams consist of multiple choice questions, short questions and essays. In the A-level exam questions are to be worth a maximum of 16 marks.

Outside the classroom

Study days at London Universities and conferences.

Guest speakers: Psychiatrist explains what the job involves and how to become a Psychiatrist.

Progression pathways and careers

Students are able to study A-level and then move on to college or university to follow psychology or related courses.

Many psychology graduates work in the public sector in a social or welfare role; others go into the public and private sector. Careers include Counselling, Psychologist, Social Work, Education and Research.

Useful links includes the specification and specimen papers


Michaela Alfred-Kamara – Head of Social Sciences







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