Psychology

Introduction

Psychology examines an individual’s experiences, behaviour and motivation and leads to a deeper understanding of the self and others. Research findings are at the heart of this dynamic science subject and will be critically analysed in order to support or evaluate theories. From practical research and data-handling to clear and thoughtful essay writing, the course is broad in skills as well as content. Most of what we have learned about brain functioning has happened within your lifetime so never has there been a more exciting time to study Psychology.

Board and specification code

AQA SPECIFICATION CODE 7181 7182

Is Psychology for you?

A fascination about the mind and behaviour are essential but crucially you need to be prepared to embrace scientific thinking and learn a wide range of research evidence accurately. For students looking to try something new and seeking an A Level that is challenging and stimulating, Psychology is a perfect choice.

Course content/components

  • Component 1: Social influence Memory, Attachment, and Psychopathology.
  • Component 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Research methods.
  • Component 3: Issues and debates in Psychology and one option chosen from the following:
    • Option 1 – Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development.
    • Option 2 – Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress.
    • Option 3 – Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction

Recommended entry requirement

Two Grade 7s in IGCSE or GCSE Sciences, Grade 6 in IGCSE or GCSE Mathematics.

Post-A Level options

Clinical psychology careers include educational, occupational, and sports psychologists. Psychology is also useful for any job that requires interaction or understanding of human behaviour and development. Many roles in marketing, HR, business management, and recruitment utilise skills and knowledge covered by A Level Psychology.