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A Level: Psychology

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 133
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


What is Psychology? 
Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. It is diverse and has a huge impact on all areas of life, particularly in areas such as education, health, the economy, industry and crime. 


Why study Psychology? 
Psychology has assumed an increasingly important role in solving human problems as society has become progressively more complex. Psychologists are concerned with a variety of problems. 
What child-rearing methods produce happy and effective adults? How can mental illness be prevented? What can be done to improve memory? What family and 
social conditions contribute to alienation, aggression and crime. Taking an A level in psychology will give you a good grounding in the subject and fascinating insights into the human mind. The course is both challenging and stimulating. An exploration of various approaches, the broad range of exciting topic 
areas allows students to apply their learning to everyday life. As you study the Alevel Psychology course you will gain an understanding of the main issues that arise 
from various psychological methods, approaches and look at the ways in which psychology can be applied.

Skills acquired in Psychology 
Psychology provides many transferable skills such as problem solving, data analysis and written skills which are very useful not just to careers in psychology and health care, but in many other jobs and professions that rely on people skills and communication. As you discover how others think, you'll also be gaining an insight into your own psyche and behavioural traits, which is a valuable asset in both your personal and working life.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Introductory 
Topics in Psychology

  • Social influence 
  • Memory 
  •  Attachment 
  •  Psychopathology

  •     Assessment 
  • 2 hour written exam 
  •  96 marks 
  •  33-3% of A-level 

  • Questions 
  • 4 compulsory sections all 
  • requiring written answers 
  • worth 24 marks each

Paper 2: Psychology in Context


  • Approaches in Psychology 
  •  Biopsychology 
  •  Research Methods

  • Assessment 
  •  2 hour written exam 
  •  96 marks 
  •  33-3% of A-level 


3 compulsory sections all requiring written answers, 2 worth 24 marks and Research methods worth 48 marks 

Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology 

  • Content 
  •  Issues and debates in Psychology 
  •  Gender 
  •  Schizophrenia 
  •     Addiction


  • 2 hour written exam
  • 96 marks
  • 33-3% of A-level

Entry requirements

Entry requirements 

Your next steps...

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 in Psychology, which could lead you onto higher education to study Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology. The qualification will also help you develop skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.


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