GCE A Level Psychology


Two years for A level; 3 examined units are required for the full A level qualification.


AQA Specification A. Further details are available from the AQA website.

Entry Requirements/Student Suitability:
Psychology is classified as a science A level and also requires a number of mathematical skills and the ability to express ideas clearly in essay-style questions. Therefore students should have 5 9-5 grades at GCSE, including grade 5/6 in Maths,  English and a Science if they intend to study the course. Students will, however, be considered on an individual basis.
Because most students have not studied psychology at GCSE there is a lot of new information to learn. Students must be motivated and willing to put in a lot of effort, right from the start.

Course Content:

Unit 1
Social Influence

Unit 2
Approaches in Psychology
Research Methods

Unit 3
Issues and Debates in Psychology
Eating Behaviour

For further information and exemplar question papers see the AQA website.

Methods of Study:

Group work on presentations, posters, etc.
Practical activities e.g. research investigations
Using web sites to keep up to date with recent research
Practice exam questions
Discussing case studies, films, images and descriptions of different aspects of behaviour

Independent Study Time:

A successful Psychology student will have an interest in explanations for human behaviour and any time spent outside of lessons developing this interest will support their learning. Watching films and TV programmes, reading books, browsing the internet, whatever the source, if the content is related to the topics we cover, it will help to develop understanding and provide a  broader knowledge. As well as this they will need to  complete practice exam questions and other specific homework tasks on a regular basis. These will be assessed regularly and allow us to monitor progress and feedback strategies for improvement to the students.

Progression and the Future:

Psychology is all about human behavior, so the more psychology you know, the more you understand about people. Today one of the most important skills for life is dealing with other    people; colleagues, patients, employers, customers and everyday contacts.
Cognitive psychology has been applied to    criminology and computer science. Developmental psychology is applicable to  childcare, education and understanding individual differences.  Physiological psychology has links with biology, sports science and healthcare. 
Social psychology looks at the influence of the media and some aspects of sociology, politics and law.

Psychology will help support any career where you need to deal with people.
As psychology is classified as a science A level it can help you with applications to some higher education courses outside of the field of psychology itself such as Nursing and Midwifery.

An outline of the course and examples of content can be accessed via Moodle from the school website.

Subject Contacts:

Mrs Plant:  kplant@wadebridge.cornwall.sch.uk

How to Apply:

The Application Process begins in February of each year.  Please contact Debbie Chick, Sixth Form Support, for further information or to request an application form.


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