The Psychology Department

A-Level Psychology

Studying Psychology will help you have a better understanding of your own behaviour and that of others, in an increasingly diverse society. It will also help to develop written communication and analytical skills, skills which are highly regarded by both employers and Universities. The course will equip you with a wide range of scientific, social and essay writing skills which will complement learning in other subjects.

The course includes a wide array of interesting and socially relevant subjects.
Year 1

  • Social influences
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Years 1 and 2

  • Bio-Psychology
  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Research Methods

Year 2

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology

3 Optional units chosen from:

  • Gender Development
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aggression
  • Forensic Psychology

Students who are well suited to A-Level Psychology are those who have an interest in human behaviour and how the mind works. Students with good literacy and mathematical skills, who are hard working, motivated, organised and have a resilience to succeed, do very well in Psychology.

Assessment Method
Assessment comprises of three 2hr written assessment papers at the end of the second year. Paper 1 covers the Year 1 material. Paper 2 covers the material studied in both Years 1 and 2 and paper 3 covers material studied in year 2 only.

Future Opportunities and Careers
Psychology provides excellent job prospects to a wide range of careers, either by studying Psychology further, or training in fields such as Law, Criminology, Forensics, Education, Business and many areas of the Medical profession.