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Psychology AQA A Level at Lea Valley High School

Course description

This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to psychology, which is the academic study of why humans behave in the way they do. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Course content

You will learn about memory, how we form attachments, and how psychologists study behaviour. You will also discover the causes of stress, how people around us influence our behaviour and the individual differences relating to normal and abnormal behaviour. You will also learn about biological rhythms and sleep, aggression, relationships, depression, media psychology and research methods.

Year 1 Subject content:

Social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in psychology, psychopathology, research methods

Year 2 Subject content:

Compulsory content, social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology, approaches in psychology, biopsychology, research methods, issues and debates in psychology

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A* ‐ C including Mathematics and English Language at grade B or better


The course is assessed through exams.

Future opportunities

Psychologists can go into a wide range of jobs, including advertising, education, counselling, forensic psychology, clinical psychology, social and health services, charity work, sports psychology, psycholinguistics, neuroscience and many other careers where an understanding of people is an advantage.

Further information

Further Reading:

AQA A Level Psychology Year 1

AQA A Level Psychology: Student Book 1 (5th edition)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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