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Psychology A Level at St Crispin's School

Course description

Students who are interested in human behaviour, what makes us different, and how our experiences shape us can find out more by choosing A level Psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and the AQA A level gives an excellent introduction to the ways in which we study human behaviour and the different approaches to explaining behaviour.

The course is not only designed to give students a good foundation in the subject but will also give them an appreciation of how Psychology can be applied to some critical issues in society today.

Course content


The first year consists of two AS units which are designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of the six core areas of Psychology. The core areas covered are cognitive psychology – exploring themes around memory; developmental psychology – infants attachment to adults; research methods in psychology; biological psychology – exploring themes around stress; social psychology – studying social influences and individual differences - what is abnormality?


In the second year, students will cover three areas of Psychology in greater depth and explore key issues and approaches to the subject. In Year 13 students will study Aggression, Relationships and Intelligence & Cognition, Psychopathology (OCD) and Psychology in Action (Media).

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language at grade B or above and GCSE Maths at grade C or above.



Future opportunities

The material studied provides a sound basis for further graduate and postgraduate study leading to a professional career in Psychology. It is equally useful as an understanding of people in every walk of life, and thus, for a career in business or the public sector.

A degree in Psychology can lead to working professionally as one of the following: clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, occupational psychologist, forensic psychologist or as a counselling psychologist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Crispin's School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information

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