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Psychology is an exciting and increasingly popular subject, which seeks to explain human behaviour and thought processes.  A minimum of grade 4/5 in GCSE English and Mathematics indicates the necessary verbal and numerical skills required for A-Level Psychology.

Course Content

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Content Assessment Questions

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • 2 hour written exam
  • 96 marks
  • 33.3% of A-Level

Four compulsory sections all requiring written answers.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods
  • 2 hour written exam
  • 96 marks
  • 33.3% of A-Level

Three compulsory sections all requiring written answers.

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology Content

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • One from:

Relationships; Gender; Cognition and Development

  • One from:

Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour; Stress

  • One from:

Aggression; Forensic Psychology; Addiction

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 96 marks
  • 33.3% of A-Level

One compulsory section. Three sections each offering a choice of three topics.

Sixth-Formers answer one question from each section.

Career Opportunities

Psychology A-Level is considered a very useful subject by universities and colleges, particularly in the fields of business & economics, marketing & advertising, child care & social work, health-related courses, occupational therapy & speech therapy, sports science, law, hotel management & tourism and teaching.  A degree in psychology opens careers in a vast range of areas where interpersonal relations and an understanding of human behaviour are essential or valuable, while offering Sixth-Formers the chance to develop a range of important transferable skills. The discipline has a number of branches that can be pursued and following the completion of relevant BPS recognised qualifications, can for instance lead to achieving a chartered status, as a Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychologist.

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