A-level Psychology


Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. You will consider the role of Psychology and its various applications within society and discover how people behave in groups and as individuals. Debates will include whether humans are a product of nature or nurture, whether Psychology is a science and the role of social control.

Course type


Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE including Science, and English Language (grade 9-5).

You must be confident in writing essays and remembering a large amount of information.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • social influence, including why people conform and obey
  • the development of attachments
  • Psychopathology, includes explanations and treatment of phobias, depression and OCD
  • approaches in Psychology

At full A-level you will also study BioPsychology which includes ‘fight or flight’, the sleep wake cycle and ways of studying the brain. The second year topics at A-level include: stress relationships and Forensic Psychology. There is also a major focus on research methods throughout.

On the course you will:

  • study interesting topics such as mental disorders and eyewitness testimony at AS-level.
  • study interesting topics at full A-level including: virtual relationships in social media, coping with stress and the criminal personality.
  • appreciate the link between Psychology and Science
  • design, conduct and carry out practical research
  • use statistics to test the significance of your results – 10% of the exam incorporates statistics.
  • build upon your analytical skills.
  • enhance your written and numerical skills.
  • apply what you learn to real-life examples

Method of assessment

For A-level you will be assessed by three written examinations at the end of two years. For AS there are two exams after one year. There is no coursework involved in this subject.

What will I be able to progress to?

This A-level is useful if you wish to study Psychology at university. Applied areas of Psychology include clinical, occupational and forensic. However, it is also relevant for many careers that involve working with people, such as Policing, Prison Service, Teaching, Marketing, Human Resources, Nursing and Counselling. To find out more about chartered careers, visit the British Psychological Society website (www.bps.org.uk).