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Psychology A Level at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. Psychology observes how peo-ple vary in their behaviour, in what they think, say and feel, and explores the rela-tionship between behaviour and the mind. Psychology aims to create general laws that can explain all behaviour as well as appreciate exceptional cases that show how diverse individual people can be. This is investigated through new research or using existing evidence all of which is assessed using scientific principles.

Year 12 covers Approaches and Research Methods, Attachment, Social Influence, Memory and Psychopathology (all compulsory content).

Year 13 covers Approaches and Research Methods, all topics from Year 12 (compulsory content) with additional topics of Schizophrenia, Relationships and Forensic Science (options chosen).

Entry requirements

It is essential that students are articulate in English, Mathematics and Science as the application of these skills is vital throughout the Psychology course and assess-ment. Students will also need to be very committed and build on their independ-ent learning skills to take full advantage of the electronic textbook available. A thirst for knowledge and excitement for new findings would be ideal.


Year 12 

Two written examinations—each 1 ½ hours—50% weighting

Year 13 

Three written examination—each 2 hours— 33.3% weighting

Future opportunities

Psychology offers insight into the self and others so is universally useful for all in-teraction with people both professional and personal. Those who wish to study further can go to university; it is often also offered as a joint subject and combines well with subjects such as Criminology or Sociology. It naturally leads into careers such as Counselling and Psychiatry, Nursing, Health and Social care and Teach-ing, Animal Sciences, Management and Journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2017

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