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  • Sixth Form

    A-level Psychology

    Examination Board: AQA

    Introduction and Structure

    Psychology is a broad and diverse social science subject. It equips students with practical knowledge that can support a variety of different professions as well as developing transferable skills that many employers find useful. 

    Course Content

    Compulsory

    • social influence
    • memory
    • attachment
    • psychopathology
    • approaches in psychology
    • biopsychology
    • research methods
    • issues and debates in psychology

    Optional

    • Option 1: relationships; gender; cognition and development
    • Option 2: schizophrenia; eating behaviour; stress
    • Option 3: aggression; forensic psychology; addiction

    Assessment

    Three two hour written examinations, each worth one third of the full A-level.

    • Paper 1: introductory topics in psychology
    • Paper 2: psychology in context
    • Paper 3: issues and options in psychology

    Careers and Progression

    Having studied psychology possible career options include working in education, mental health, government, social work, forensics, medical professions and business-related careers, however most require a higher level of education. A-level psychology can lead to degrees in psychology, medicine, nursing, midwifery, sports science, business studies, social sciences and many more. The skills and knowledge obtained through the course can enhance any career and enable students to understand the world around them. Some of the most prestigious universities view psychology as a facilitating subject due to the academic rigour of the course.

    Entrance Requirements

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths

    Strongly recommended: Grade 5 in Maths