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Specific Course Entry Requirements B in Science
Examination Levels Offered AS and A-Level
Examination Board AQA


The Psychology A-level is linear, so assessment of a student’s knowledge and understanding of the whole course will take place at the end of two years.

Psychology is the fascinating scientific study of behaviour. Whilst studying Psychology you will study how people interact, how we change and develop, how we think, how the nervous system works, how we differ from animals and how we decide what is normal. You will develop your ability to think critically and analytically, further develop both your oral skills and your ability to plan statistically viable experiments.

Psychology is one of our most popular subjects. Students find the subject enjoyable and rewarding with many opting to continue the subject by reading for a Psychology degree. If you have an interest in the human mind and behaviour then you will enjoy Psychology. The subject combines particularly well with other sciences and social sciences. It develops a similar set of important transferrable skills including critical analysis and research design. Psychology is not a ‘soft’ option, but a highly theoretical, scientific discipline and requires more advanced studying skills than those required for GCSE. However, students who choose this subject will be rewarded with a fascinating insight into behaviour.

Books Required for this Course

  • Year 12 – Fourth Edition Psychology A-level Year One and AS – The Complete Companion Student Book Oxford Cardwell and Flanagan ISBN 978-0-19-833864-2 (approx £22)
  • Year 13 – (from May prior to Year 13) Psychology A-level Year Two – The Complete Companion Student Book Oxford Cardwell and Flanagan ISBN 978-0-19-833868-0 (approx £22) 

Year 12 - AS Level Course

  1. Social Influence
  2. Memory
  3. Attachment
  4. Psychopathology
  5. Approaches in Psychology
  6. Biopsychology
  7. Research Methods

And after the AS Level exam:

Year 13 - A-Level Course

8.  Eating Disorders
9. Research Methods
10. Issues and Debates
11. Relationships
12. Aggression 

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