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A Level Psychology at Royal Latin School

Course description

Psychology offers the opportunity to develop breadth of knowledge, critical thinking skills and appreciation of the relationships between different aspects of the subject. Psychology suits those who are interested in the growth and development of mental faculties and functioning, and in the interaction between the individual and society. Psychology can be a good choice with subjects such as Biology and Sports Studies, or with Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Maths and technical subjects to provide breadth in Year Twelve. It is valuable for those thinking of degrees and careers in the social sciences, teaching or management.

There is no doubt Psychology is an interesting subject but those who select it should be aware of the scientific nature of the discipline and the strong literacy skills which are needed to do well. An interest in Psychology alone is not sufficient—this is one of the few ‘A’ levels that students will have minimal existing background knowledge of. It is academic, theoretical and often centres around abstract concepts. If you feel like this is a challenge you can accept then this is the subject for you!

Entry requirements

We will require at least a grade B in Biology and a grade B in both English and Mathematics. You will need to be keen to read widely in the field, and to demonstrate the motivation, organisation and self-discipline to take responsibility for your learning.


Assessment is by examinations taken at the end of Year Thirteen. It will comprise three 96 mark papers with a mixture of multiple choice, short answers and extended answers. There is no coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Royal Latin School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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