Psychology A-Level

This AQA course has been designed to give learners a good foundation in the approaches used in Psychology. It also provides students with a sound understanding of how scientists conduct research to support their hypothesis.

Throughout the course, the five schools of Psychology are introduced; Cognitive, Social, Biological, Developmental and Psychoanalytical. Some famous studies, such as Freud’s are also introduced and debated.

Ethics is introduced and discussed in great detail throughout the course, with attention paid to the ethics of Milgram’s ‘Obedience to Authority’ study, in addition to applying ethics in our own classroom research.

Psychology A Level is designed to be taken over 2 years with all assessments taken at the end of the course. 

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 including a grade 6 in Maths and English.


Course Content

A Level Psychology:

  1. Social influence

  2. Memory

  3. Attachment

  4. Psychopathology

  5. Approaches in Psychology

  6. Biopsychology

  7. Research methods

  8. Issues and debates in psychology

  9. Three additional areas of study will also be undertaken


A Level  Examinations:

  • Paper 1—Introductory Topics in Psychology : Memory, Social Influence, Attachment and Psychopathology

  • Written  exam assessing 1-4 of A Level Content (2hrs) 33.3% of A Level

  • Paper 2—Psychology in Context: Approaches, Research Methods and Bio-Psychology

  • Written exam assessing 5-7 of A Level Content (2hrs) 33.3% of  A Level

  • Paper 3— Issues & Options in Psychology: Issues and Debates plus 3 options

  • Written exam assessing 8 and the 3 additional areas of study (2hrs) 33.3% A Level

Future Prospects

Psychology at A Level gives an excellent foundation for higher education, as it incorporates many techniques from English, Maths and Science. Future career pathways include; Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Child Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

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