Psychology is a popular choice of subject for AS and A level. Many of the students who take A level Psychology go on to study the subject at university.

So what is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of behaviour. It is a subject that forms a link between the biological sciences and the social sciences. Studying this course does not mean that students will be able to read people’s minds or be a qualified psychiatrist after one year.  Psychology has recently been classified as a Science by the QCA, and it combines well with both Arts and Science courses at A level.


Aims of the course

This course encourages students to:

  • Study psychological theories, research, terminology, concepts, studies and methods.
  • Develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
  • Develop an understanding of different areas of Psychology, including the core areas of Cognitive, Social, Developmental Physiological Psychology and Individual Differences and Research Methods.
  • Design and report psychological investigations and analyse and interpret data.
  • Develop an understanding of ethical issues in Psychology, including the ethical implications of psychological research.

Course followed: AQA Psychology A 7182:  AS/A level in Psychology


Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE.  However, as this is a subject that needs competent written answers, then a grade B in English would be useful. At A2 Level, the entry assessment is by essays.

For AS the subject content includes:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods

For the A level possible areas of study include:

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress
  • Aggression
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Addiction

Ms R Ghinn BA  PGCE
Teacher of Psychology and RS