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Psychology A Level at Bishop Ramsey C of E School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the brain, the mind and behaviour. The course provides an opportunity for students to study classic research as well as new developments within the field of Psychology.

Course content

In Year 12, students study six units designed around the key approaches in Psychology and research methods.

In Year 13, there are eight compulsory units and three optional units (selected from a choice of nine units).

Unit One: Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Students study four units concerning social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology. The topics address conformity and obedience, explanations for forgetting, factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, caregiver-infant interactions in humans, animal studies of attachment, the influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships, phobias, depression and OCD.

Unit Two: Psychology in Context

Part 1:

  • This unit involves a detailed analysis of the various approaches in Psychology and how they each explain human behaviour. Mental disorders are discussed in detail. Students become familiar with the different research methods available to Psychologists to collect data and will undertake small scale research projects of their own.

Part 2:

  • Three units are studied relating to the approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods. Students study the origins of Psychology and its emergence as a science and six of the key approaches to understanding behaviour. Other topics examined relate to responses to stress, biological rhythms and functions in the brain. Students will also be exposed to a range of research methods and work on their own small scale research projects.

Unit Three: Issues and Options in Psychology

  • As well as exploring the compulsory ‘Issues and Debates in Psychology’ topic, there is some flexibility in the choice of remaining topics studied. Students will study three topics out of the following choices:
  • Relationships, gender, cognition and development, schizophrenia, eating behaviour, stress, aggression, forensic psychology or addiction.


Entry requirements

Additional subject entry requirements:

English Grade 6

Mathematics Grade 6

Science Grade 6

There is no textbook to purchase as free on-line resources are available.




AQA A Level Psychology

Unit One: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Written paper, 2 hours, 33.3%

Unit Two: Psychology in Context

Written paper, 2 hours, 33.3%

Unit 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Written paper, 2 hours, 33.3%

Future opportunities

Psychology provides students with the skills of critical analysis, interpretation, evaluation and research. There are many career opportunities, particularly those involving research and working with people. These include human resources, advertising, teaching and retail management. Psychology may be studied as a degree in its own right, or as a component of other courses. A Psychology degree provides students with a foundation for further specialised training in various areas such as: Clinical, Educational, Occupational, Forensic and Sport Psychology.

Further information

Please contact Mrs Lovewell at the school or visit the AQA website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Ramsey C of E School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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    • To enrol on a 3 A Level programme of study at least five GCSE's at grade 9 to 4 (two of which must be a 6 or above) including English and Mathematics, will be required.

      Individual course requirements must also be met and the Sciences, Maths and PE have an induction tests . Requirements are clearly stated in the Course Guide on the school website.

      Students may start on four A Levels and drop to three once they have determined their strengths (usually in the second half term of Year 12). Some students do finish all 4 A Level. courses.

      The Extended Project Qualification will also be an option for some students.

      We are also offering a Creative Pathway where students may choose 2 or 3 A Levels from Art, Drama, Photography and Film Studies. Entrance requirements could be met if a portfolio of work is sufficiently good and demonstrates ability to complete the course.