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Psychology - AQA A Level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

Course description

Head of Department: Mrs. L. Smith   Department Information

Psychology is an extremely popular A-level at CLCC. Students enjoy the interactivity and practical approach to lessons. Past students have praised the support received by staff and the enthusiasm shared for the subject. Psychology has a history of success with its results, with many students achieving or exceeding their target grade.


Why study this course?

Anyone who has a career interest that involves dealing with people should consider this course. Psychologists are known for their analytical and critical skills, as well as being well-regarded for their ability to communicate their ideas effectively. This means that psychologists are found within many different organisations within business, law, health care, education, medicine and sport.


Aims of the course

The course aims to enthuse the students with a passion for the subject. It looks in detail at everyday scenarios and concepts, analysing and explaining why they occur. Students will learn how to conduct psychological investigations and a range of statistical analyses, alongside the different approaches and scientific branches of the subject. As each of the examination papers includes 10% mathematical based questions, another aim of the course is also to embed a mathematical understanding and basic interpretation of results into student’s learning.

Course content

Course outline

Psychology is the scientific study of people's minds and behaviour. It examines issues such as how a person thinks, feels and behaves in the real world. It is based on careful research of many different areas of human experience, many of which are covered across the two year course, such as:


• Aggression - What are its causes?

• Attraction - Who do we like and why?

• Mental Illness - What are its causes? How can it be treated?

• Memory - Why do we forget?

• Development – What happens if we do not form an attachment as a child?

• Biopsychology – How does your brain affect your behaviour?

• Social – Why do you obey your teachers?... hopefully!

Entry requirements

At least a grade 5 or above in Maths and Science


How am I assessed?

  1. units are assessed externally by examination. Three examinations taken at the end of Year 13. Students will also participate in internal assessments every 6-8 weeks, alongside mock examinations at Christmas and at the end of their Year 12.


The internal assessments follow the same format as the external examinations and allow students the opportunity to practice answering questions in an exam situation. Each internal assessment is taken after students have finished a module of work. It is important that students prepare well in advance for these internal assessments. Teachers will spend time revising the topic studied and practising questions. Previous experience suggests that students who do well in internal assessment also do well in the final exams. However, the other is also true. We have found in the past that students’ who do not pass the internal assessment, also fail when it comes to the external examinations

Future opportunities

Where does this course lead?

​The A-Level course is appropriate for students who wish to follow an academic path in Psychology, as it equips students with the knowledge and skills essential to both the mathematical and science disciplines.

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: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year