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Psychology A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Course description

For further information on all courses click here Subject Booklet

Course content

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.


Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Qualifications*


  • Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature
  • Grade 6 in Core & Additional Science or Grade 6 in separate science.


  • May be taken at A level without prior study at GCSE*




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 (3.33% 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.

You will develop a wide range of transferrable 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.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heckmondwike Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks

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