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Psychology A Level at Newport Girls' High School

Course description

A level Psychology provides students with a range of transferable skills including critical evaluation and argument construction which are an excellent basis for many university courses.  With a degree in Psychology and further postgraduate training there are a wealth of opportunities in clinical, educational, occupational and forensic Psychology, as well as other careers where working with people is central. Many students who take the A level at this school go on to study undergraduate psychology courses at University or related ones including criminology.

Course content

AS – all compulsory units

Social Influences



Approaches in Psychology

Research Methods


A level – compulsory units

As above plus:


Issues and Debates


A level - optional units

One from each:

Relationships/Gender/Cognition and Development

Schizophrenia/Eating Behaviour/Stress

Aggression/Forensic Psychology/Addiction

Entry requirements

Few, if any students will have done GCSE, therefore no previous knowledge is assumed. Good grades in GCSE Maths, Science and English Language are advised and students should be prepared for some emphasis on essays, particularly at A level.

Focus is on applying Psychological theories and concepts to real world situations.

Research methods teaching is integrated throughout the two years.


A level will be examined at the end of Year 13 through three equally weighted 2 hour papers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newport Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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Key information

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


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    • Transport may be available in conjunction with other providers from Telford, Market Drayton and Wolverhampton.  Public service buses run from Stafford, Telford and Shrewsbury.  A number of local arrangements are also coordinated by parents.  A leaflet detailing bus routes and times is available from the school.