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Specific Course Entry Requirements

Maths Grade 5, Science Grade 6-6 

Examination Levels Offered 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. 

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. £24)

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. £24) 

Year 12

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Year 13

  • Issues and Debates
  • Relationships
  • Aggression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Research Methods





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