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Psychology A Level at Dormers Wells High School

Course description

Psychology is the science of mental processes and behaviour. It is the study of what humans and animals do and why they do it. Psychologists do not simply explain people’s behaviour but they use their understanding to help people overcome difficulties, and bring about changes for the better. By taking A level Psychology you will be given a general introduction to psychological concepts, theories, research findings and their application to real life.

Entry requirements

A combination of 9 for English and Maths (minimum of grade 4 in either) and three
further A*-C GCSE passes including a minimum of a grade C in a science subject.


Paper 1:
  • Introductory topics in Psychology
  • Social Influence; Memory; Attachment; Psychopathology
  • 33.3% of A Level
Paper 2:
  • Psychology in Context
  • Approaches in Psychology; Biopsychology;
  • Research methods
  • 33.3% of A Level
Paper 3:
  • Issues and options in Psychology
  • Issues and debates in psychology; Further options to be decided
  • 33.3% of A Level

Future opportunities

As it offers a wide range of topics, students are able to go on to university studying
psychology with possible joint degrees. This will enable students to choose from a wide range of career pathways such as becoming clinical psychologists, educational or occupational psychologists.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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