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Psychology is offered as an A level subject. We follow the AQA specification which offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop transferable skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.



Subject content:

Content covered within the 1st year of the A-level subject:

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods


Content covered within the 2nd year of the A-level subject:

  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aggression
  • Research Methods


Exam structure:

During the first year (Year 12), students will complete an internally assessed UCAS exam that largely informs UCAS predictions. To gain entry into the second year, students must achieve a minimum of a grade D.


In Year 13, students take the following exams: 

  • Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology (33%)
  • Paper 2: Psychology in context (33%)
  • Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology (33%)


Assessments employ a variety of familiar types of questions such as multiple choice, short answer and extending writing/essays, which target the skills of knowledge and understanding, application and evaluation.


At least 10% of the overall assessment of psychology will contain mathematical skills and at least 35% will assess skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to research methods.


Complementary subjects:

A level Psychology complements the following subjects particularly well: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, History, Business and Economics, English Literature.

Future pathways:

Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Health Psychology, Educational psychology, Occupational Psychology, Criminal and Forensic Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Sport and exercise Psychology, Neuropsychology, Mental Health, Social Work, Teaching, Academia and research, Psychiatry, Law, Social services, Business, Advertising, Marketing and many other occupations.

Subject Leader: J Griffin