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Psychology - A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

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Course Content
Approaches in Psychology

In this section you will study the different ways in which Psychologists attempt to explain behaviour. 
Research Methods
You will study the methods Psychologists use to investigate behaviour.
Social Influence
You will look at the effect of other people on our behaviour.
You will study the way our mind stores information, and why we forget things.
You will consider what it means to be abnormal as well as explanations and treatments for mental disorders.
You will discover how and why attachment is so important for our development and the effect it has on our behaviour.

Issues and Debates in Psychology

You will discover the problems and considerations that affect all psychological study.
Research Methods
You will build on your knowledge of psychological investigations learned in year 12.
This topic looks at the explanations for aggressive behaviour from a range of approaches and contexts.
You will discover the effects of our biology on our behaviour,including the nervous and endocrine system, and the structure and function of the brain.
You will learn about the symptoms, classification and diagnosis, explanations and treatments for this disorder.
Cognition and Development
You will study the ways in which mental processes e.g. thinking, language, memory and perception change throughout the human life span, with a particular focus on the early years.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the Sixth Form:

A grade 5 in Mathematics, with a 6 preferred.
A grade 5 in English Language or English Literature, with a 6 preferred.
Achieving at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 6 or above.

Subject specific requirement*

  • May be studied at A level without prior study
  • Grade 6 in a Science subject preferred 



Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

2h written exam on Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

96 marks (33.3% of total A-level)

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

2h written exam on Approaches, Biopsychology, Research Methods

96 marks (33.3% of total A-level)

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

2h written exam on Issues and Debates, Aggression, Schizophrenia, Cognition and Development

96 marks (33.3% of total A-level)

Extended Learning

Visiting speakers from the field of neuroscience

Links with Huddersfield University

HE+ Extension Activities

Independent Research project

For further details, see subject booklet as above.

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

Psychology students can go into a vast array of careers which are both directly and indirectly related to this subject. Typical fields include: Clinical Psychology; Counselling; Educational Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Mental Health Work; Teaching; Health Psychology; Occupational Psychology; Sports Psychology; Policing; Sales and Marketing; Business and Management; Politics; Psychotherapy; Medicine; Healthcare; Dentistry and many more.



Further information

You will develop a wide range of transferable skills, including: critical thinking; mathematical skills; problem solving; teamwork; written and verbal communication including presentation and report writing; and interpersonal skills; all of which are highly regarded by universities and employers alike.


Exam Board: AQA

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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks

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