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Psychology AQA A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

The course covers a range of topics and themes including the social psychology, cognitive psychology, individual differences, child development, different approaches to psychology and research methods as well as applied options and debates in psychology, case study on autism, phobias and anxiety disorders, nature versus nurture debate and feral children.

This is a fascinating course and deals with issues that affect us all. It is extremely useful for later employment and acts as a very effective crossover between science and humanities. Psychology will allow you to develop scientific skills related to data collection and conducting experiments, whilst still demanding the literacy skills and extended writing found in subjects such as History.

Course content

  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Social Influence
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Biopsychology
  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • One topic out of: Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development
  • One topic out of: Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress
  • One topic out of: Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.

Specific entry requirements:

  • B in GCSE English.


Paper 1:

Memory, Attachment, Social Influence, Psychopathology:

  • Short questions and essay
  • 2 hours
  • 33.3% of A Level

Paper 2:

Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods:

  • Short questions and essay
  • 2 hours
  • 33.3% of A Level

Paper 3:

Options Paper:

  • Short questions and essay
  • 2 hours
  • 33.3% of A Level




Future opportunities

Criminal psychologist, health psychologist, educational psychologist are obvious pathways. However you can use psychology in virtually any careers (e.g. law, sports, medicine, journalism, business etc.) and it can act as a compliment to all other subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

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    • At EPHS Sixth Form we aim to provide you with a broad and exciting range of opportunities so that you are in the best possible position to go on to further study, work and become an positive member of the community.  As such, we have a variety of activities on offer outside of lessons.


      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.