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Level 3: A level

Exam Board: AQA (Specification A)

Entry Requirement

GCSE English Language - Level 5

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.  

Skills students will develop - 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. They will also develop their mathematical knowledge and research skills. These skills are all relevant and transferable to higher education courses of study or to the workplace.   Possible career options studying psychology at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:

  • Marketing / Human resources
  • Accountancy 
  • Forensic psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical psychology 
  • Nursing
  • Teaching.
  • Sports studies
In Year 12 - Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology


  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology


2 hour written exam (96 marks. 33.3% of A Level

Questions - Four compulsory sections all requiring written answers.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context


  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods


2 hour written exam (96 marks. 33.3% of A-level)

Questions - Three compulsory sections all requiring written answers.

In Year 13 - Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology


  • Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • One from: Relationships; Gender; Cognition and Development
  • One from: Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour; Stress
  • One from: Aggression; Forensic Psychology; Addiction


2 hour written exam (96 marks. 33.3% of A Level)

Questions - One compulsory section. Three sections each offering a choice of three topics. Students answer one question from each section.

Further Information
Mrs S Ashraf, Psychology Curriculum Leader