A Level Psychology

Gumley House School


A Level Psychology

Studying Psychology at A Level

Introduction by Head of Psychology:

Hear from the Students:

Exam Board:  AQA
Expected Entry Criteria:  Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics

Why study this course?
This course is designed for people with no previous experience of the subject and is aimed at people with a desire to learn and an enthusiasm for Psychology – the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. A Level Psychology will
give you an understanding of why people think and why people behave in certain ways. You will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem solving and many more that will prepare you for higher education. Possible career options include marketing, human resources, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, nursing and teaching.

What will I learn?

This course will increase your knowledge and understanding of human behaviour. You will develop a number of valuable skills including how to plan and conduct scientific investigations, how to analyse and interpret data and how to view the world around you from different perspectives. In short, it will improve your critical reasoning ability.

How will I be taught?

You will be expected to be independent and self motivated in your learning. The department has high standards of teaching and we have excellent ICT and film resources. You will be expected to participate in group activities and complete
considerable study in your own time.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

You will need to consolidate your learning through private study/homework for a minimum of six hours each week.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

Psychology is research based so you will need to enjoy doing investigations and finding out about studies carried out by psychologists. You are open to different viewpoints and can consider a variety of explanations for human behaviour.

Course Description

The AQA Psychology specification provides a fascinating introduction to key areas of psychological interest and includes many of the classic studies of famous psychologists. The first year of A Level subject content: Social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Psychopathology and research methods. The second year of A Level subject content: Issues and debates in Psychology, relationships, stress and aggression.


At A Level there are three exams, consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology 
External written examination (33.3% of A Level)

Paper 2
Psychology in Context 
External written examination (33.3% of A Level)

Paper 3:
  Issues and Options in Psychology 
External written examination (33.3% of A Level)

For more information, contact Mrs M Browne