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A Level Psychology at Lady Margaret School

Course description

In the AS course you will look at key areas of Psychology that represent a balanced sample of the research interests and methods. At A2, three options are chosen from eight topics, which include Relationships, Eating behaviour and Aggression; students also consider some of the wider issues relating to Psychology, such as issues and debates, psychology in action, and psychopathology. Additionally at AS and A2 you will have the opportunity to carry out research, in groups and individually, using a variety of methods.

The course aims to stimulate an enthusiasm for the subject and allows students to consider psychology in the context of real-life situations. You will develop a deeper understanding of human behaviour, the ways in which it can be investigated, and how it can be applied. It will also enable you to recognise the value, use and misuse of Psychology in society

Entry requirements

There are no specialist requirements beyond the standard for entry to the Sixth Form and you do not need to have any prior knowledge of the subject. However, a sound knowledge of GCSE Maths, Science and English is very helpful. Enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard are essential.


All four units are assessed by examination. You will be assessed on your knowledge and understanding of the subject as well as your ability to critically evaluate key research. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your practical and research skills.

AS Level

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology & Research Methods 50% of AS Level marks, 25% of total A Level mark

Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology & Individual Differences 50% if AS Level marks, 25% of total A Level marks

A2 Level

Unit 3: Topics in Psychology. 25% of total A Level mark

Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action & Research Methods 25% of total A Level mark

Future opportunities

Psychology offers a wide range of transferable skills such as critical analysis, statistics, essay writing, scientific research and evaluation. It would be of both academic and practical use in many subjects and careers from Economics to Medicine to Media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Margaret School directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2015
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