DEPARTMENT

Psychology

A level Board/code

AQA

What do we cover in the course?

Key syllabus elements

Year 1:
Social influence
Memory
Attachment
Approaches in Psychology
Biopsychology
Psychopathology
Research methods

Year 2:
Issues and debates in Psychology
More research methods, including inferential statistics

Options:
Schizophrenia
Gender
Forensic Psychology

How is it assessed?

Key assessment elements 

There are three two-hour exams.

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

Key skills required

  1. Some Mathematical skills for handling data
  2. The ability to show knowledge of the subject
  3. The ability to analyse, apply and evaluate psychological knowledge
  4. 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, neuroscience and media studies.

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