A level Board/code


What do we cover in the course?

Key syllabus elements

Year 1:
Social influence
Approaches in Psychology (Y1)
Biopsychology (Y1)
Psychopathology (Y1)
Research methods (Y1)

Year 2:
Approaches in Psychology (Y2)
Biopsychology (Y2)
Research methods (Y2)
Issues and debates in Psychology

Options in Psychology (3 selected options from 9 options available):
Option 1: Relationships, Gender or Cognition & Development
Option2: Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress
Option3: Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction

How is it assessed?

Key assessment elements 

There are three two-hour exams (Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3)

The questions in all sections of the exams are multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Key skills required

Some Mathematical skills for handling data
The ability to show knowledge of the subject
The ability to analyse, apply and evaluate psychological knowledge
Good language skills – there is quite a lot of reading to do.  Also well-developed writing skills are needed for the extended writing.

What entry requirements are there to study this course?

There are no specific entry requirements but above average grades in GCSE Maths and English are clearly essential.

What is the course useful for?

A-Level Psychology can open up a range of careers and higher education courses in psychology, social sciences, industrial-organisational psychology, neuroscience and media studies, among others.

These courses can lead to careers in social work, clinical or educational psychology, research, teaching, organisational psychology and human resources and in the field of social media.