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Psychology A-Level

Description of subject

Psychology can best be described as the science of human mind and behaviour, and psychologists carry out experiments relating to a number of everyday experiences:

  • Why do people obey?
  • What happens when we get stressed and can we stop it happening?
  • Are people intelligent because of what they were born with or what their environment has given them?
  • Does watching violent television programmes make you a violent person?

If you can write accurately and fluently; think logically and make judgements on what you see; listen to and work well with other students, then you should do well in Psychology.
Psychology gives you a good grounding in the skills of writing and arguing which you will need at university, and insights into a range of areas that could prove useful to you in the future.

Possible career options studying psychology at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:

  • Marketing
  • Business development
  • Accountancy 
  • Human resources
  • Forensic psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical psychology 
  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Sports studies

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Introductory Topics in Psychology.

2 hour written exam

96 marks in total

4 compulsory sections worth 24 marks each.

  • Psychopathology
  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment


Psychology in Context

2 hour written exam

96 marks in total

3 compulsory sections, 2 worth 24 marks each and 1 worth 48 marks.

  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods

Issues and Options in Psychology

2 hour written exam

96 marks in total

1 compulsory section plus 3 sections with optional topics worth 24 marks each.

Compulsory Content

• Issues and debates in psychology

Optional content

Option one 

• Cognition and development

Option two

•  Stress

Option three

• Aggression