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Psychology A Level (AQA) at Brigshaw High School and Language College

Course description

Psychology is a vast subject, but is usually defined as 'the science of mind and behaviour.' You will be introduced to a wide variety of topics and look at many of the central debates in psychology. You will also look at the methods that psychologists use in their research, and you will have the opportunity to use these skills by carrying out practical investigations. A critical approach to the subject and the research studied will be encouraged. You will also be encouraged to apply psychology to a wide range of cultural, social and contemporary issues. There are rarely clear cut answers in psychology, so there will be lots of room for discussion and debate.

Course content

In the first year you'll develop an understanding of Research Methods concepts and develop a broad knowledge of some of the key ideas that underpin the discipline. 

The topics you will study and will be assessed on in your 1st year are:

Paper 1 Introductory topics in psychology- Social Influence, Memory and Attachment. 

Paper 2 Psychology in context- Research methods, Approaches in psychology and psychopathology.

In your second year you will study a further five topics including:

Paper 1 Introductory topics in psychology-Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

Paper 2 Psychology in context- Research methods, Approaches in psychology and Biopsychology. 

Paper 3 Issues and options in psychology- Issues and debates, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression.

How you will learn

In classes you will learn through a variety of methods including: lectures, group work, independent work, university style activities, student presentations and discussions. You'll also be expected to conduct at least four hours of reading and independent study outside of lessons and complete regular homework tasks.



Entry requirements

A C is required in English Language and due to the mathematic and scientific nature a grade B in Maths and Science would also be required.


All units are assessed by examination and there is no coursework element.

You will sit two papers at the end of your first year and three papers at the end of the second year. You will also be assessed on your mathematical ability which counts towards 20% of your full A-Level. 

Year 1- Both of these papers are 1 hour and 30 minutes

Paper 1- 72 marks (50% of the AS)
Paper 2- 72 marks (50% of the AS)

Year 2- All three of these papers are 2 hours long 

Paper 1- 96 marks (33.3% of the A-Level)
Paper 2- 96 marks (33.3% of the A-Level)
Paper 3- 96 marks (33/3% of the A-Level)


Future opportunities

This qualification alongside other Level 3 qualifications could be used to gain access to various degree courses and careers.


Psychology at A Level combines well with a number of subjects and supports many careers including Social Services, Sports, and Teaching amongst others.

Further information

For more details please contact Ms Stuart.

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: 11 November 2015
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  • Start date: Next September