Psychology A Level

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code PSY
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Not Set
Course type Full Time


Pre-Tertiary Education of the British Psychological Society.

Psychology can be both fun and fascinating! From learning what goes on in the minds of psychopaths to shocking experiments that expose how far people will go to obey an authority figure, there is always something amazing and even downright astonishing to learn about the human mind and behaviour. Having a basic understanding of Psychology research methods can help you better understand some of the many claims that you will encounter in books, magazines, television shows, and movies and give you the skills to be able to draw your own, informed conclusions. Psychology can help you in your future career, whatever that may be. There are plenty of exciting careers in Psychology that you might want to explore, but studying the subject can help you in many other professions as well.


Component 1: Psychology: Past to Present
The purpose of this component is to give a solid grounding in some of the basic core aspects of Psychology. You will be asked to explore contemporary debates using your knowledge and understanding of the five approaches (biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and positive) as well as learn a therapy and a core study for each approach.

Component 2: Psychology: Investigating Behaviour
The purpose of this component is for you to acquire the skills of working scientifically. The central aspect for this component is that of psychological research, from the initial planning stages through to analysing and evaluating. It is designed to introduce you to the methodologies used by psychologists and to gain an appreciation of the impact of choices made on the outcomes of the research.

Psychology: Implications in the Real World
You are expected to apply knowledge and understanding to human/animal behaviours. You should be able to explain and draw conclusions about the possible causes of these behaviours and understand that Psychology has the potential to impact on society as a whole by developing methods of modifying behaviour. You explore five controversies that continue to pose challenges for Psychology. They are: cultural bias, ethical costs of conducting research, non-human animals, scientific status and sexism. You will study three out of six nominated behaviours. We will study: criminal behaviours, schizophrenia and stress.

How will it be delivered?

Past to Present                             2 hr 15     33.3%
Investigating Behaviour              2 hr 15     33.3%
Implications in the Real World   2 hr 15     33.3%

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in Mathematics, Grade 5 in Science, Grade 6 in English

Your next steps...

Skills Developed

  • Scientific investigation
  • Psychological literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Maths
  • Essay-writing
  • Presentation
  • Debate
  • Reading
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Metacognition

Potential Career

  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Psychology Teacher
  • Psychology Academic
  • Psychology Researcher
  • Psychologist (Clinical/ Educational/Military/ Child/Occupational)
  • MI5
  • Government jobs
  • Therapist
  • Marketing
  • HR officer
  • Detective
  • Public relations
  • Writer

How does this course link to other subjects?

As Psychology is a STEM+ subject, bridging the Arts / Sciences divide, students come from a variety of other subject backgrounds, from Physics and Biology to History and Drama, and all points in between.