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Psychology A level at Queen Elizabeth High School

Course description

This is a new specification A Level. The course is studied over two years with exams held at the end of the two years. Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave and how their minds work. It is concerned with understanding the experience and behaviour of humans. A Level Psychology is an excellent introduction to the study of human behaviour and can lead to a range of interesting careers and courses of further study.

The course will focus on:
- Developing a wide range of psychological knowledge across a range of topics, such as social influence, cognition and psychopathology.
- Developing an appreciation of science investigation across the course by critically evaluating the strengths and limitations of various research methodologies.
- The development of knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories and studies.
- Developing skills of analysis, evaluation and application of psychological theories, studies and concepts.
- Demonstrating an appreciation of ethical issues associated with all areas of psychological research

Course content

Compulsory topics:
1. Social influence
2. Memory
3. Attachment
4. Psychopathology
5. Approaches in psychology
6. Biopsychology
7. Research methods
8. Issues and debates in psychology

Optional topics:
One from: relationships; gender; cognition & development
One from: schizophrenia; eating behaviour; stress
One from: aggression; forensic psychology; addiction


Students are required to apply critical thinking; the ability to interpret and apply relevant knowledge to particular questions; analysis and evaluative skills. Assessment is all exam based. Questions for each paper include shorter mark questions and extended writing in the form of essays.

Future opportunities

Students taking Psychology at QEHS have gone on to university to study psychology or social science degrees, health related courses, criminology and law degrees.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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