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Pshchology AS/A2 Level at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Course description

In Year 12 you will acquire a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of Psychology (social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences) through studying a range of accessible life topics.
Introductory Topics in Psychology will cover:
• Cognitive psychology including memory and eyewitness testimony.
• Developmental psychology including attachment, early social development and adult relationships.
• Social influence including majority and minority influence, explanations of obedience and the role social change.
Psychology in Context will cover:
• Approaches in Psychology including the behaviourist approach and the biological approach.
• Biospychology including the divisions of the nervous system and the function of the endocrine system.
• Individual differences including definitions of abnormality, approaches and therapies.
• Research methods in the context of the topic areas.
In Year 13 you will study topics in greater depth e.g. relationships, psychopathology.
Explanations from different psychological approaches will be brought together which will engage you in the issues and debates of Psychology.

Course content

You will be involved in a variety of activities such as group discussions, study groups and projects, individual assignments in the community, games and experiments in the classroom, individual tutorials as well as essay and exam skills practice.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in English Language and either Mathematics or Science combined with the enthusiasm to tackle a new and challenging subject.


A level Psychology involves three 2-hour exams, with papers on Introductory Topics in
Psychology, Psychology in Context and Issues and Options in Psychology.
The stand-alone AS qualification would be assessed on the content that forms Year 12 of the linear course.

Future opportunities

Psychology A Level could be the starting point for anything:
A career in Psychology e.g. clinical psychologist, health psychologist, educational psychologist, forensic psychologist, occupational psychologist. Medical careers and those linked e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, speech therapy, research. Teaching, child care or social work. Police, the Armed Forces, Law, Advertising, Art, Journalism, Sport and Recreation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years