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Psychology AS/A2 Level at Holte School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and how it functions. It is a fascinating course that explores the many factors affecting how and why we behave and think the way that we do.

The course looks at research conducted by psychologists over the last century, exploring how they have tested human behaviour and what they have found. Some of the findings challenge what many believe to be true about human behaviour, so an important part of the course is assessing what has been scientifically proven and what is still just an idea.

The Two-Unit AS

The Advanced Subsidiary GCE is both a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of the corresponding Advanced GCE. It is made up of two mandatory units, which are externally assessed and form 50% of the corresponding four-unit Advanced GCE. The AS specification focuses on the themes of memory, attachment, stress, obedience, conformity and abnormality.

The Four-Unit Advanced GCE

Advanced GCE is made up of two mandatory units at AS and two further units at A2. These A2 units are also externally assessed.

The Advanced GCE specification also focuses on schizophrenia, relationships, aggression, eating behaviour and the psychology of media.


Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Memory, Attachment theory (babies) and Research Methods.

Unit 2 - Stress, Conformity and Obedience, and Abnormal Behaviour (madness?)


A2 Level

Unit 3 - Relationships, Aggression, Eating Disorders

Unit 4 - Schizophrenia, Media (TV and computer games), Research Methods.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s grade A*-C including English and Mathematics.

Psychology is acceptable as a science A level for medical school.


Year 1 - AS

Unit 1 - (25%) 1 hour & 30 minutes written paper

Unit 2 - (25%) 1 hour & 30 minutes written paper


Year 2 - A2

Unit 3 - (25%) 1 hour & 30 minutes written paper

Unit 4 - (25%) 2 hours written paper

Future opportunities

There are many different opportunities with a Psychology qualification. These include Social Science, Nursing, Advertising, Business Studies, Human Resources, Forensics, Clinical Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years