What is A level Psychology?

Psychology provides a fascinating insight into the reasoning behind the human mind and behaviour, with the aim of answering the most interesting questions in life; why do people develop mental illness? Why do people obey authority figures? You will develop knowledge and understanding of psychological theories and explanations by applying them to real life contexts.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.

Subject leader

Asma Ali-Rashid

"Psychology has been one of my favourite subjects to study throughout my time at college as it deals with a range of interesting modern day mental health issues such as addiction and schizophrenia which are incredibly interesting to learn about. The teachers are always helpful and are on hand to help before, during and after any lesson. Studying psychology at A level has inspired me to continue this subject at university."

Georgina Bride

What will I study?

This qualification is linear. This means that you will complete a range of fascinating topics throughout your two years with our vibrant psychology department and then you will complete 3 exams at the end of the two years. Therefore this gives you valuable time to develop your exam technique. SOCIAL INFLUENCE: In this topic we will study the way other people can affect our behaviour. This includes why we conform to peer pressure, or obey an authority figure. MEMORY: We will cover how our memory works and whether our recall of events is always accurate. ATTACHMENT: We will learn how important early attachment to a caregiver is for our future lives, and what can happen if we fail to form attachments in childhood. PSYCHOPATHOLOGY: This includes how we define the term abnormality and the causes and treatments of phobias, depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) APPROACHES IN PSYCHOLOGY: This introduces the different beliefs in psychology such as whether behaviour is due to biological factors or as a result of learning from the environment. BIOPSYCHOLOGY: This will lead to a greater understanding of the way biological factors can shape our behaviour including the role of genes and specific brain areas. RESEARCH METHODS: This covers how research is carried out in psychology and strengths and weaknesses of these techniques in studying behaviour. ISSUES AND DEBATES IN PSYCHOLOGY: In this topic you will be introduced to the issues that we need to consider when conducting research such as whether we can apply our findings to all cultures in the world and issues of gender and ethics. RELATIONSHIPS: We will learn how we select a romantic partner, how these relationships are maintained and how they breakdown. We will also study new areas of research on relationships concerning the use of social media to form relationships.

Additional activities with this subject

The Honours programme directly links to many areas of Psychology. You will conduct your own research on serial killers and use your Psychological knowledge to explain their behaviour.


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