GSO Test

Psychology A Level 

Awarding Body

AQA

Assessment Structure

100% examination (at the end of the course)

Minimum entry requirement

  • NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
  • GCSE (5) in science, English language or mathematics desirable

Why should I study this course?

Psychology is a scientific enquiry of the human mind and behaviour.  It asks the key question, ‘Why do people behave in such a way?’ This subject offers the chance to try to understand human behaviour and the human mind in the modern world from a systematic and scientific perspective, examining and critically analysing established research conducted by psychologists. An interest in people is essential as is an open, analytical and enquiring mind. The emphasis is on psychology as a science.

What will I learn?

A-Level Units:

1)     Social Influence, Memory ,Attachments and Biopsychology
2)     Approaches, Psychopathology, Research Methods and Issues & Debates
3)     Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensics.

How will I learn?

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used including teacher-led activities, small group work, personal independent research and discussion. Role-play and class-based demonstrations may also be used. You will be encouraged to make use of the vast array of information available online, in books, on TV, in film, on the radio and in other media. You must be prepared to study hard, engage with the subject both inside and outside the classroom, to read widely, independently and to practice your writing technique.

What can I do with my qualification?

Given that psychology involves a critical understanding of what makes people tick, it can be useful in all aspects of life - personal, social, academic and professional. Universities welcome psychology A Level for both arts and science-based courses as it complements any subject combination and a variety of academic disciplines. Any profession that involves working with people would suit an A level in Psychology.  For example, clinical psychologist, social worker, lawyer, doctor, teacher, police officer, mental health practitioner.

What do students say?

“Studying psychology is really interesting because you learn about why things happen, not just what happens. You learn about mental disorders such as depression and OCD, and the reasoning behind them” - Izzie.

“You get to learn a wide range of information about how our brains work and easily apply it to real life and other subjects” - Lucy