Psychology: A-Level

Course Description
This course is designed to provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology as a science. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge, thereby developing students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. Over two years, you will study several components, beginning with introductory topics in psychology. This involves looking at social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology. The final part of the course allows issues in psychology to be studied; you will learn about gender, eating behaviour and forensic psychology. At AS, the specification offers a broad range of topics, with research methods in context. At A2, there is a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary psychology.
Course Outline
Compulsory content
1 Social influence
2 Memory
3 Attachment
4 Psychopathology
5 Approaches in Psychology
6 Biopsychology 
7 Research methods
8 Issues and debates in Psychology 
Option 1
9 Relationships 
10 Gender
11 Cognition and development
Option 2
12 Schizophrenia 
13 Eating behaviour 
14 Stress
Option 3
15 Aggression
16 Forensic Psychology 
17 Addiction 
All units are assessed by examination consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
Paper 1: Introductory topics
Compulsory content 1-4
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
Compulsory content 5-7
Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology
Compulsory content 8 and optional content 10, 13 and 16
Course Assessment
There is no coursework in A Level Psychology. The examination in this subject consists of extended writing tasks including essays at the end of the 2-year course.
Career Opportunities
Students who study psychology progress to a wide variety of degrees and occupations. The degrees most closely related to this A Level course that our students have gone on to include psychology, occupational therapy, forensic psychology, psychology & criminology, applied psychology, cognitive science, social psychology, human psychology, psychology & education and psychology & counselling. Students have also found psychology useful when applying for social work, nursing, midwifery, youth and community studies along with the many communication, culture and media courses.