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Psychology - AQA A Level at Bishopshalt School

Course description

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. Psychologists try to understand mental processes, such as perception and memory as well as attempting to explain both normal and abnormal behaviour. Psychology draws on many disciplines such as biology, sociology, philosophy and statistics. Students who study Psychology will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills, such as analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

Course content

Psychology is now a linear course. This means that knowledge and understanding will be examined at the end of the two year course.


Unit 1


Early Childhood Attachments

Social Influence

Research Methods



Unit 2

Approaches in Psychology


Research methods


Unit 3

Issues and debates in Psychology + 3 from the following options:




Cognition and Development


Eating Behaviour



Forensic Psychology


Entry requirements

  • Minimum 6 (B): Maths (the course involves the calculation and interpretation of statistical data)
  • Minimum 6 (B): English Language (the course involves extensive reading and essay writing)
  • Minimum 66 (BB): Science (a thorough knowledge of scientific method and research design is required)


Unit 1

33.3% of the total A level marks

2 hour exam

Unit 2

33.3% of the total A level marks

2 hour exam

Unit 3

33.3% of the total A level marks

2 hour exam

Future opportunities

Psychology is a broad subject that will enable you to access a range of higher education pathways such as Social Science, Business, Counselling/Therapy, Nursing and Medicine.


There are many career opportunities in Psychology, for example: Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Consumer Behaviour and Sports Psychology among others.

Further information

For more information contact Mrs Knight - Head of Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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