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Specification AQA GCE Psychology
Contact Ms J. Holdsworth (Psychology: Curriculum Leader)
Entry Requirements This is an inter-disciplinary subject and no prior knowledge of Psychology is expected. It is, however, expected that all students will have a minimum of a grade 6 in English and Maths and a grade B in Science. 


Is this course for me?

You need to ask yourself if you are interested in understanding human behaviour and whether you have a scientific and inquiring mind. Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and experience and involves looking at how people behave both as individuals and within groups.

SkiptonGirls_1584Throughout this course you will develop an understanding of the key approaches in Psychology such as Behaviourism, Cognitive Psychology, Psychoanalytical and Humanist perspectives. You will also study Biopsychology and the influence that biology has on our thinking and behaviour. Additional topics to be studied include Memory, Social Psychology, Psychopathology and Child Development. Forming a firm foundation for further study in this area you will develop your research skills and an awareness of the difference between experimental and non-experimental research methods, whilst also extending your use of descriptive and inferential statistics.

In your second year of study you will also have the opportunity to choose from such topics as: Cognition & Development, Gender, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction. Throughout the two years you will develop the ability to engage in Psychological debate to discuss the main issues affecting the understanding and analysis of human behaviour.

Where can it take me?

The course offers insight into aspects of human behaviour and will be useful to anyone planning a career that involves working with people such as care, the police, social work, prison work, personnel, advertising, the media and even business management. Even if you are not considering a career that involves direct contact with people, it will provide you with a valuable insight into the behaviour of yourself and others.

What do current students think?

  • “Psychology - whether you’re learning new things or revising, the subject keeps you entertained and is taught in a way everyone can understand.”
  • "Psychology is a fun, exciting subject with interesting topics and lessons."
  • “Psychology is fun and unique. It is the only subject I’ve actually wanted to learn and know more about.”


A Level Qualification Structure:

The above areas of study will be assessed as follows: -

Paper 1 Introductory Topics in Psychology 33.3% of the total A Level marks 2 hour exam
Paper 2 Psychology in Context 33.3% of the total A Level marks 2 hour exam
Paper 3 Issues and Options in Psychology 33.3% of the total A Level marks 2 hour exam