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Psychology at St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College

Course description

The AS Psychology course provides a broad introduction to the subject of Psychology; the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour.   Knowledge, skills and understanding are built upon in the A2 course which studies applied Psychology in depth, as well as an in depth exploration of research methods, issues and approaches intrinsic to Psychology.

Course content

Exam board: OCR

AS Units:

G541: Practical Investigations= 30% of the AS grade

G542: Core Studies and approaches= 70% of the AS grade

A2 Units:

G543: Applied Psychology; Criminal Psychology & Health Psychology= 50% of A2 grade

G544: Research Methods and approaches=50% of A2 grade.

These units, together with the AS units, make up the 4 units required for the full award in A-level Psychology. The course is assessed wholly through examination.

Entry requirements

Psychology is a very demanding A-level, and success in this subject will rely heavily on a commitment to reading around the subject, a high level of organisation, and independent study.

Due to the nature of the course being assessed solely through examinations which are essay based, students are required to have a B in GCSE English Language as a minimum entry requirement.  Additionally a grade C in GCSE Maths is required for entry onto the course.

Having studied Psychology at GCSE is an initial advantage, but is not necessary in order to study Psychology at A-level.


AS examinations are taken in May/June of the academic year, whilst the G544 A2 exam is taken in January of year 13, and the G543 A2 exam is taken in May/June of year 13.

Future opportunities

  • Doctorate in Psychology (Educational, Clinical, Counselling)
  • MSc in Sport/Exercise/ Health/ Forensic Psychology
  • Advertising
  • Education- teaching/ lecturing
  • Social Work
  • Medicine

There are many opportunities open to students with an A-level in Psychology due to the range of skills developed throughout the course; students will develop essay writing skills, skills of scientific enquiry and data handling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 09 January 2015
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