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Psychology A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

Psychology is everywhere! Everything that we do, think, feel and believe is all of interest in psychology. AQA Psychology is a broad introduction to the nature of psychology being the science of mind and behaviour. In psychology we look to understand behaviour and mental processes through looking at theories, experiments and case studies. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding. A wide range of teaching methods are used including essay assessments, end of topic testing for exam practice, discussion and debate, presentations, practical work and question and answer sessions.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths. Plus 2 B’s in Science


The course is assessed by 3 examination papers.

  1. Introduction to psychology – social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology.
  2. Psychology in context – approaches in psychology, biopsychology, research methods.  
  3. Issues and options in psychology – issues and debates, relationships, schizophrenia, eating behaviour, addiction, forensic psychology, aggression.

Future opportunities

Psychology A-level is highly regarded by universities and employers. From A-level psychology you could go on to study psychology, forensic psychology, criminology, to name a few. You could also go on to careers in teaching, social work, human resources, computer design, counselling and working with those with mental health needs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Sodbury School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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