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Psychology A Level at The Abbey School

Course description

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It aims to understand how our minds process information such as memories and moods. Psychology is all around us and permeates every aspect of our lives – it makes you who you are, shapes your future and influences your every social interaction. Psychology acts as a bridge between science and the humanities to determine what causes an individual or society to act in a certain way.

Studying psychology can provide you with a scientific toolkit to collect and analyse evidence about questions such as `can group decisions lead to war?’ ‘why do some people get depressed?’ or `how can road rage be controlled?’. It opens up opportunities to apply psychological knowledge at work, rest and play.

Course content

The exam board for Psychology is Edexcel. The subject is taught over two years with all public examinations being sat at the end of year 13.

The first year of the Edexcel course consists of four topics:  social, cognitive and biological psychology and also theories of learning. The second year of the course consists of clinical psychology and either criminological psychology, child psychology or health psychology, depending on the interests of the group.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs

6 in GCSE Mathematics.

5 in GCSE English Language and Core Science.


All units will be assessed through exams at the end of the second year. Students are expected to undertake guided psychological research of their own which they will be questioned about in the exams.

Future opportunities

Many with a psychology qualification have careers in: Art, Drama, or Music Therapy, Counselling, Mental Health Nurse, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Retail, Education, Marketing, Medicine, politics, and the public services.

Further information

Please contact Miss R Day

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: 01 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years