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Psychology A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

This course will appeal to students who: 

  • Are curious yet sceptical 
  • Are interested in people 
  • Enjoy research and scientific investigation 
  • Are interested in what makes us different 

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including: 

  • How to view the world around you from different perspectives 
  • How to plan and conduct scientific investigations 
  • How to analyse and interpret data 
  • Critical reasoning skills

Course content

Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviour. The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain. An unseen process that dictates why we feel, think and act as we do. But why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness? Why are we more likely to obey an authority figure? How can we reduce violent crime? Psychology looks at questions like these in the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real-world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from things like artificial intelligence to social change. The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction into psychological theory, research and applications. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of the range of and limitations of psychological knowledge. Studying Psychology will help you to learn to work independently and carry out research. It will also help you to see flaws in arguments, and realise that things are not always what they seem. Studying Psychology will increase your evaluation skills, and provide you with an awareness of Psychological theories and research.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 5 and Science at Grade C


In Year 12, we look at the ‘Foundations of Psychology’, in doing so we look at the following topics

  •  Topic 1: Social psychology. (Obedience & Prejudice)
  •  Topic 2: Cognitive psychology. (Memory)
  •  Topic 3: Biological psychology. (Aggression)
  •  Topic 4: Learning theories. (Phobias)

Assessed on the ‘Foundations of Psychology’ in summer 2018.

Paper 1 (8PS01, 1hr 30)

Paper 2 (8PS02, 1hr 30)

In Year 13, we develop a greater specialism and begin to understand how psychological concepts, theories and research can be applied to solving real world issues. 

  • Topic 5: Clinical psychology. (Schizophrenia and Depression)
  • Topic 6: Criminological psychology. (Jury’s decision making)

Students are assessed on topics 1-4 on Paper 1: ‘Foundations of Psychology’ paper (9PS01) in summer 2019, which is 2 hour exam.

Students are assessed on the Paper 2: ‘Applications of Psychology’ (9PS02) in summer 2019, which is a 2 hour exam.

In the psychological skills topic the practical application of knowledge and theory in practice is critical. We synoptically draw together the following topics:

  •  Research methods
  •  Synoptic review of studies
  •  Issues and debates

Students are assessed on Paper 3: ‘Psychological Skills’ (9PS03) in summer 2019, which is a 2 hour exam.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study psychology in higher education. Psychology can be useful in any job which involves interacting with people. Those intending to work in the caring professions, the police force and other services, as well as those aiming to work in education, criminal law, health, childcare, media, exercise psychology, human resources, marketing, sales and market research will find something of relevance and interest in A Level Psychology.

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2017 open on Monday 3 October 2016 and close on Friday13 January 2017. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2017:

6 GCSEs at Grade A*-C with at least 3 subjects at grade B (or equivalent grade 6) including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or higher → Take three A Level courses

We strongly advise that students have at least a Grade B (or equivalent Grade 6) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 31 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Edexcel (8PS0 and 9PS0)


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