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A Level Psychology at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychologists study how people feel, act and think. They try to find out how we learn, understand, remember and forget things. They are interested in the full range of behaviour, including; how we make decisions, how we influence each other’s’ behaviour, what causes stress or mental illness. They study these problems by both observation and experiment, involving both people and animals. To find out more about the subject, explore the British Psychological Society research digest:

Course content

A level syllabus content - Compulsory Topics

Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods, Issues and Debates in psychology

Optional Topics

Option 1: One from: Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development
Option 2: One from: Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress
Option 3: One from: Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction



Paper One: Introductory topics in psychology

  •  Content covered; Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology
  •  2 hours long, and 33% of A’ level

Paper Two: Psychology in context

  •  Content covered; Biopsychology, Research methods, Issues and Debates in psychology
  •  2 hours long, and 33% of A’ level

Paper Three:

  •  Content covered; 3 of the optional subjects above with one taken from each group
  •  2 hours long and 33% of A’ level

Future opportunities

All universities accept A Level Psychology, with most counting it as a science ‘A’ level. It has a wide variety of applications including clinical psychology, educational psychology, counselling, human resource management, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, teaching, sports studies, occupational psychology, criminology, careers in the police force and armed services. Psychology fits well with any other subject you might choose to study at A’ level, because it has elements in common with the Humanities and Scientific or technical subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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