Exams from: AQA 7181 and 7182

What is A level Psychology about?

If you are intrigued by human behaviour and want to understand the complexities behind people’s actions then A level Psychology is for you.  Psychology is an illuminating discipline which examines aspects of human behaviour and why people behave the way they do.  During Year 1 the following topics will be studied and explored: Memory, Child Development and Psychopathology.  During Year 2 we cover Relationships, Eating Behaviour and Forensic Psychology.   Throughout both years there is emphasis on the scientific basis of Psychology.  The focus is on the importance of analysis, interpretation, explanation and evaluation of the methodology, results and impact of their own and others’ experimental and investigative activities in a variety of ways. Once you study Psychology at A level you’ll never see the world in the same way.

Is this course for me?

Are you mature, inquisitive and conscientious?  If you answered yes, then Psychology is the right choice for you. Please check subject entry qualifications.

What else do I need to know?

There is no coursework. It is 100% exam based. Also, Subject to approval there may be an opportunity for a trip linked to the course units studied.

Where could it lead?

The ‘A’ level itself is accepted as a science subject on some undergraduate degree courses at University. A University undergraduate degree in Psychology can lead to a career as a Clinical Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Academic Research, Occupational Psychology, Marketing, Journalism, Law, Politics, Human Resources, Social work, Teaching and Finance and Management and even Medicine.

How is the course structured?

Unit Content Unit Assessment

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology

1 Social influence

2 Memory

3 Attachment

4 Psychopathology

Written exam: 2 hours

96 marks in total

33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: Psychology in context

5 Approaches in psychology

6 Biopsychology

7 Research methods

Written exam: 2 hours

96 marks in total

33.3% of A-level

Paper 3: Issues and Debates in psychology

Optional content, one each from options 1-3

Option 1

9 Relationships

Option 2

13 Eating behaviour

Option 3

16 Forensic psychology

Written exam: 2 hours

96 marks in total

33.3% of A-level