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

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:

Alongside these main areas there will be a module looking at Research Methods. You will become familiar with 4 techniques used by psychologists to investigate human behaviour: self-report, experiment, observation and correlation. You will also study the Scientific Process and Data Handling and Analysis, giving you good knowledge of the entire scientific cycle.


At the end of this two year course there are three exams, each account for one third of the A-level.  The three exams last 2 hours each and are worth 96 marks each. The exam consists of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 1 - Introductory Topics in Psychology

Social Influence                          Memory

Attachment                                Biopsychology

Paper 2 - Psychology in Context

Research Methods                      Biopsychology


Paper 3 - Issues and Options in Psychology

Cognition and Development


Forensic Psychology

Issues and Debates

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

Career Opportunities:

Psychology is not just a ticket to becoming a ‘psychologist’. As a boom subject in higher education it has practical applications that are valued in management, personnel, social services, education, health services and many other fields of employment.

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