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Psychology A Level at St Wilfrids Catholic High School

Course description

This course develops an understanding of how the mind influences and explains our behaviour: psychology does this by focusing on a number of different topics.

Course content

This course develops an understanding of how the mind both influences and explains our behavior: psychology does this by focusing on a number of different topics such as: mental illness & abnormal behaviour; memory; the formation of attachments; stress; lateralization of brain functions; biological rhythms; aggression; obedience and the research methods that psychologists use.

Entry requirements

5 good GCSEs, in addition to study psychology ideally you will have a grade 5 in Mathematics (or have exam based evidence of your competence in Mathematics) and a grade 5 in English or an equivalent subject.



Psychology is a linear A level. Students will take three two hour exams at the end of the two years. There will ongoing internal assessments across the two years to gauge and measure progress including mock examinations.


Future opportunities

If you study psychology beyond A level at degree level - there are many jobs within psychology that you can pursue: Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Development psychologist, Educational psychologist, Sport psychologist/exercise psychologist. There are lots of jobs that psychology is a very valuable for : police officer; social worker; care worker; teacher; nursery worker; personnel / human resources worker; probation worker. Psychology is a popular option to study in 2010 55,000 students completed psychology A-level in 2010 and 80,000 completed AS-level.


Further information

Psychology is broad and multi-disciplinary subject. Psychology can help to improve your analysis, communication, interpretation and evaluation skills. The A level course encourages you to develop application of number skills and ICT skills as well as providing an appropriate foundation for further study of psychology, or related subjects in higher education. Equally, the material studied would be useful for most careers, especially those orientated towards people.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 July 2017
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