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Overview

A-Level Psychology

Ever wondered if prison really does change criminal behaviour? Or why some people conform? Or perhaps if the experiences you had before the age of five really do shape the person you are today?

A-Level Psychology will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways. You will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem solving and many more that will prepare you for an exciting future with the possibility of a range of fantastic careers.

Possible Degree Options

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-Level in psychology are:

  • Psychology
  • English studies
  • Sociology
  • Business studies
  • Teaching
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Law

Course Content

Topics Covered

Year 1:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods

Year 2 compulsory content

  • Issues and debates in psychology

Optional content
Option one

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development

Option two

  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress

Option three

  • Aggression
  • Forensic psychology
  • Addiction

Exams / Assessment

There are two exams in year 1 each worth 50% of your qualification. Each exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 72 marks. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

In year 2 there are three exams, each account for one third of your grade. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 96 marks each. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 9-5, including English Language, Maths and Science. 

 

Careers

Studying psychology at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:

  • Marketing
  • Business development
  • Accountancy
  • Human resources
  • Forensic psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical psychology
  • Nursing
  • Teaching