2018 Psychology Course

Course Information

The A Level Psychology course is 2 year A Level which comprises of 3 Units:

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. What do you really know about the human mind? Psychology is an academic subject which introduces you to scientific research, critical thinking, discussion and essay writing in the context of the world around you. The course is broken down in to mandatory units which are studies relating to psychological theory. There are then optional units.

Mandatory Units cover 8 themes—Social Influence, Memory Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods and Issues and debates in Psychology

Optional Unit are split into 3 groups:

  • Relationships, Gender or Cognitive Development
  • Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour and Stress
  • Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction
Introductory topics in PsychologyPsychology in ContextIssues and Options in Psychology
Length2 hours2 hours2 hours
Score/Percentage towards grade96 marks (33% of A Level)96 marks (33% of A Level)96 marks (33% of A Level)
Question TypeA Mixture of Multiple Choice, Short Answers and Extended AnswersA Mixture of Multiple Choice, Short Answers and Extended AnswersA Mixture of Multiple Choice, Short Answers and Extended Answers
Topics CoveredSocial Influence
Approaches in Psychology
Research Methods
Issues & Debates in Psychology
Content from chosen Option

Course requirements

An analytical mind.
Independent learning skills—including reading and accessing original studies.
Competence with statistical maths.
Willingness to discuss ideas and evaluations.
An interest in the world at large and explanations for behaviours.
Level 5 in GCSE English & Maths and 4 grade in GCSE Science are desirable

What type of student is this course suitable for?

Successful psychology students are organised, capable of meeting deadlines and have a strong ability to complete extended writing tasks. To get the most out of the course, students should be willing to discuss social issues, theories and relate psychological concepts and studies to real life situations and scenarios. With the new course structure which now exists, students will also be expected to have some interest in and knowledge of data analysis and statistical techniques that can then inform psychological debate.

Where could this course take you?

The course would lead into higher education opportunities, such as studying psychological, social sciences, criminology, politics and social policy. It could also lead to careers in multiple fields in psychology—for example child psychology, research posts, education and teaching.

What our students say

“It really makes you think about things analytically”

“I didn’t realise how much reading and maths there would be but when you crack on and do it, the subject makes more sense and opens up loads of discussion”

Course Information
  • Course level:A Level
  • Exam Board:AQA