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Psychology AQA A Level at St Bernard's High School

Course description

The course will suit those students with an analytical, logical and scientific mind who are interested in why people behave the way they do.

Year 12

  • Topics in Psychology: Social Influence; Memory, Attachment & Psychopathology 
  • Psychology in Context: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods

Year 13

In addition to elements of the above, students will also study:

  • Issues & Options in Psychology: Issues and Debates in Psychology, Cognition and Development, Schizophrenia & Addiction

Entry requirements

  • Point 6 in English GCSE, B in Additional Science GCSE (or Biology GCSE if taken separately) and B in Mathematics GCSE.


All Psychology units are assessed through exams which are externally marked.

Paper 1 – Topics in Psychology:

  • 2 hour written exam.
  • 4 equally weighted sections.
  • Combination of long, short and extended writing answers.

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context:

  • 2 hour written exam.
  • 3 sections – Research Methods double-weighted.
  • Combination of multiple choice, short-answer and essay style questions.

Paper 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology:

  • 2 hour written exam.
  • 4 equally weighted sections.
  • Combination of multiple choice, short-answer and essay style questions.

Future opportunities

Psychology can be used directly as a Psychologist or indirectly in professions which deal with people such as: Marketing, Advertising, PR, Teaching, Police and Fire Service, and Nursing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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