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Psychology A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

Psychology is a fascinating subject that can be taken by any student, whether they will continue to study it at Higher Education or not. It complements several other A-Level subjects, such as Biology, Law, Philosophy and Ethics, Health and Social Care, Sports Studies, Economics and Geography. Psychology is very popular and with good reason.

Almost any aspect of life can be studied within Psychology. Classes involve a variety of learning activities from group discussion to carrying out research. The new A-Level puts Psychology firmly among the other sciences, such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

Grade C in Maths GCSE.


AS LEVEL Two examination papers at the end of Year 12

Paper 1- Introductory Topics In Psychology – 1 hour 30 mins Social Influence- Why do people obey orders? How can we explain behaviour in crowds? Memory- How does memory work? Why do we forget? Why is eyewitness testimony considered unreliable? How can we improve eyewitness testimony? Attachment- How do children attach to their parents? What happens if attachment is disrupted? How does early attachment influence adult relationships?

Paper 2- Psychology in context- 1 hour 30 mins Approaches in Psychology- Is human behaviour inborn? Is it learned? Or is it a combination of the two? In this module, you will study the role of genetics in human behaviour. You will also discover how much the environment contributes to human behaviour.

Finally, you will look at the latest research into mental processes. How do nerve cells communicate with each other? What happens biologically when we are under stress? Psychopathology- What is abnormal? What causes OCD? What causes depression? What causes phobias? How can these disorders be treated? How effective are different treatments for these disorders? Research Methods- Ways of carrying out research such as experiments, surveys, observations and interviews

A2 LEVEL Two examination papers at the end of Year 13

Future opportunities

Many of our students have studied Psychology at degree level, gaining First Class Honours degrees and gone on to study at PhD level. Others have studied Psychiatry, Medicine, Teaching, Economics and Law.

Others have gained positions in Coaching, Management, Banking and Physiotherapy

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years