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A-Level Psychology at Silverdale

Course description

A-Level Psychology : AQA  : Is the scientific study of human and sometimes animal behaviour. Psychology aims to answer questions about how we function, develop and remember. Psychology is made up of a collection of approaches which students will be required to distinguish between and criticise these approaches. Psychology is a lively subject, where you will study learning, aggression, gender, memory and how our behaviour is influenced by others and the society in which we live.

Course content

Paper 1 covers cognitive psychology, how memory works, social influence, how we confirm and respond to orders, attachment, how and why children make attachments


Paper 2 :  Looks at research methods and approaches and how this is applied to abnormal and biological psychology. 


Paper 3 : Covers aggression, Schizophrenia, gender and debates in psychology. Research methods and synoptic issues.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English and Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths.


There will be three 2 hour written papers covering all content covered over the two years.

Future opportunities

A range of Higher Education courses. Many psychology graduates take on further training in order to become a :

  • Clinical psychologist - working with mental illness.
  • Educational psychologist - working with children with special needs.
  • Occupational psychologist - putting jobs and people together.
  • Prison psychologist - helping people to come to terms with their behaviour, preparing for release.

Further information

We use a variety of teaching and learning activities including :

  • Whole class teaching.
  • Group work, discussions and pair work.
  • Student presentations.
  • Role plays eg schizophrenia.
  • Use of selected relevant videos.
  • Replication of famous experiments.
  • Good use is made of self reflection exercises.


Psychology is only offered in the sixth form and as such is an ideal opportunity to follow a new subject. The discipline of psychology has a long history but presently is enjoying popularity with many students.

At Silverdale we aim to provide students with first class resources and range of learning activities. We have good links in both Universities and typically each year arrange trips to hear eminent psychologists in a conference setting.


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: 01 October 2018
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    • Please use the web link above to access information about the Sixth Form timetable structure at Silverdale. It is vitally important that you look at our blocking when deciding on your subjects.This will ensure that your choices are compatible with our timetable.

      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.