Entry Requirements: GCSE Maths Grade 5 (Higher tier or taking Core Maths) and GCSE Science Grade 5

If you would like more information about any aspect of this course, please contact either Ms Forsyth or Mrs Weighill at the following address:  

Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. Psychologists set out to examine why people behave the way they do and an  A-Level in Psychology introduces you to the scientific study of a wide range of behaviours.

First year of AQA A-level Psychology will include:

  1. Social Influence – Social Psychologists believe that many of our everyday decisions are the result of pressures to conform to the opinions and behaviours of others. 
  2. Memory – Cognitive Psychologists largely agree we have a short- term and a long-term memory. Stressful situations create anxiety and this can affect what we later remember as eye-witnesses.
  1. Attachment – Developmental Psychologists are interested in the emotional bond that develops between two individuals and its lifelong impact.


  1. Approaches in Psychology – We examine some of the key approaches in Psychology and their suggestions as to how we should investigate and understand human behaviour.

  1. Psychopathology – This is the explanation and treatment of psychological disorders such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This module looks at the different ways to approach these conditions.
  1. Research methods - This looks at the main methods of investigation e.g. Experiments, Observational techniques, Self-report and Correlations and their data analysis. The mathematical content can be found here

Second year of AQA A-level Psychology will include: 

Issues & debates in psychology

Schizophrenia (Sz)

Look at the following to see:

Family therapy for Sz                                                    CBT for Sz                                          Token economies for Sz


Cognition & Development

Some of Piaget’s tests for cognitive development    Baillargeon’s violation of expectation experiment


A Q & A session with Selman                                       Baron-Cohen’s Sally-Anne task


    Baron-Cohen’s eye task


Research methods/scientific processes/data analysis



Forensic psychology

Look at the following websites to see:

Top down offender profiling                 Bottom up offender profiling


You will be expected to be able to describe, explain, apply, analyse, evaluate & synthesize all the above topics covered in the second year.

The recommended text book is AQA Psychology for A level, Year 2, authors: Flanagan, Berry, Jarvis & Liddle

All exams are taken in the second year, there are 3 papers to sit:

Paper 1 Introductory topics (year 12 topics)

Paper 2 Psychology in Context (research methods/approaches/biopsychology)

Paper 3 Issues & Options in Psychology (issues & debates/schizophrenia/cognition & development/forensic psychology)

Unfortunately, there is no course work for A level psychology

All students who study psychology will be expected to design, conduct, analyse and write up psychological research

If you have any further queries about this subject please email

Career Opportunities:

Psychology is not just a ticket to becoming a “Psychologist.” As a very popular A’level subject, it has many applications that are valued in management, personnel, social services, as well as in the field of Psychology itself such as in roles in: Sports Psychology, Educational Psychology and as a Neuropsychologist, concerned with the rehabilitation of brain trauma patients. The British Psychological Society has a useful website about various career options. Follow the link here

The NHS also has a very useful link to Psychology related careers within the NHS here


Student Quote

‘The reason I chose Psychology is because it is introduced in year 12, and the thought of studying something completely new interested me. I enjoy Psychology because the things that you learn inside the classroom are applicable to real life situations. It is necessary to put the time in outside of school to get the grades in school.’ Nathan Psychology student