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Psychology A Level at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

This course will appeal to you if you enjoy exploring how and why people behave in certain ways. For example, how does people’s behaviour link to their environment, why do we forget some things yet remember others and what do investigations reveal about patterns of behaviour for children and adults?

During the course you will:

  • develop understanding of psychological theories, research, case studies and data collection methods
  • explore current contemporary issues
  • explore different areas of psychology such as the cognitive, social and biological approaches
  • conduct small psychological practicals, collecting appropriate data
  • analyse and interpret data, evaluating the findings
  • address ethical issues associated with psychology, particularly in research.
  • Psychology requires a methodical approach. It entails the learning of detail for a large number of theories and studies, and a third of the marks awarded are for scientific methodology, therefore, you need a good background level of science knowledge.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study psychology should have at least a grade 5 in GCSE English and at least a grade 5 in GCSE mathematics. There is no pre-requisite to have studied psychology at GCSE.


The linear A Level in psychology was introduced in September 2015. It comprises 3 units which are all examined at the end of Year 13. Statistical calculations are involved in the examinations, but formulae and statistical tables will be provided. The 3 units are as follows:

Paper 1: Foundations in psychology – this looks at the topics of social psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology and learning theories. It also covers questions on related issues and debates

The assessment lasts 2 hours and is worth 90 marks; the paper is 35 per cent of the total qualification

Paper 2: Applications of psychology – this looks at the topics of clinical psychology, plus one application chosen from child psychology, criminological psychology or health psychology

The assessment lasts 2 hours and is worth 90 marks; the paper is 35 per cent of the total qualification

Paper 3: Psychological skills - this final unit looks at methodology, plus its takes a synoptic review of studies covered in papers 1 and 2 and looks further at issues and debates in psychology

Future opportunities

Students may consider university and Higher Education courses in a wide variety of subjects: behavioural biology, sports science, psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, animal behaviour, equine studies, business & management, neuroscience, sociology, philosophy, hotel management.

Psychology graduates are highly valued by corporate employers whose businesses rely on interaction with the public. Careers can cover many fields including marketing, advertising, human resources, retail, journalism, broadcasting, policy making, speech writing and tourism as well as counselling, motivational and lifestyle industries and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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