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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

Students follow the AQA syllabus.

Entry requirements

5 9-4 in GCSEs

6 in GCSE Mathematics.

5 in GCSE English Language and Core Science.


Students complete 3 papers in total, Paper 1 is and Introductory Topic in Psychology. Paper 2 looks at Psychology in context, looking at different approaches to Psychology for example cognitive, biological and psychodynamic. Paper 3 is about Issues and Options in Psychology as well as building on existing knowledge. Each exam is 2 hours long and each paper contributes to third towards the final overall grade.

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 Mrs R Fletcher.

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 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years