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Psychology A Level (Block B or Block E) at Walton High School

Course description

Aimed at: Students interested in why human beings behave the way they do, whether this is in connection to obedience and conformity, abnormal behaviours or hot topics such as eyewitness testimony, childcare or aggression.

Students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills for the study of Psychology in Higher education.

Course content

The specification is designed to encourage students to take a broad look at all aspects of Psychology including the core areas of:

  • Cognitive (how the brain processes information),
  • Social (how humans interact with each other),
  • Developmental (developmental growth from birth to old age such as thinking and learning)
  • Physiological (psychology of brain functions such as sleep) and individual differences.

Research Methods: It is necessary to learn about both qualitative and quantitative research methods used in psychological research and assess the implications of these methods to experimental design. In addition students will learn about effective data analysis.

NB: A good understanding of basic mathematical concepts is essential for this part of the Unit.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to apply for Psychology need to have achieved a minimum of two grade B’s in GCSE Science and Additional Science or at least a grade B in Biology from the Triple science course. They will also need to have a 5 in English Language due to the essay content. In addition the commitment, attitude and effort that the student brings to the course will have a major impact on their success.



AS Level

Paper 1:

Social influence, Memory and Attachment

Written examination; 1 hour 30 minutes; 50 %

Paper 2: 

Approaches in Psychology

Psychopathology and Research methods

Written examination; 1 hour 30 minutes; 50 %

A2 Level

Paper 1: 

Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology

Written exam: 2 hours; 33.3%

Paper 2:

Psychology in Context

Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research methods

Written exam: 2 hours; 33.3%

Paper 3:

Issues and Options in Psychology

Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression.

Written exam:2 hours; 33.3%


Future opportunities

Please select one subject per option block (A, B, C, D and E - listed in Course Title) to ensure there is no clash on your timetable.

By and large most students will follow 3 academic A Levels plus will have the opportunity to add to this with the Extended Project and our Enrichment Programme.

A few students may be able to follow a 4th A Level with advice from our Sixth Form Management team.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walton High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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