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Level:                              AS/A2 Level

Exam Board:                    AQA Specification A

Assessment:                     100% Written examination

Entry Requirements:        5 GCSEs at grade B or above including English, Science and Maths

Overview of the Course

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. In Psychology we study the biological, genetic, emotional, social and developmental factors involved in behaviour. In other words, Psychology is about how people think, feel, and behave. Psychology is a fun and fascinating subject and has real world applications to everyday life. Psychology enables us to try to answer questions like this:

How does our memory work?

Why do we have phobias and can they be cured?

What is depression, schizophrenia or obsessive compulsive disorder?

How can our childhood influence our thoughts and behaviour in adulthood?

What makes us behave and act the way we do?

What will you study?

In Year 12, you will study:

Paper 1: Social influence, Memory and Attachment

Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods

In Year 13, you will study:

Paper 1: Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology

Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Stress and Aggression

Skills developed:

The course has been designed as a broad introduction to the nature of psychology as a science. Students are expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to develop transferable skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and critical thinking.

Higher Education pathways:

BSC (Hons) in Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology and science related degrees


Psychologist (such as clinical/educational/child/occupational/forensic/health/sport), Mental health work, Nursing, Therapist or Counselling, Law, Marketing, Social Work, Scientist, Data Analyst, Speech Therapist and Teacher.

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