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Psychology A-Level at Dallam School

Course description

Aim of the Course

  • The Psychology course is designed to introduce you to the fascinating area of human behaviour and mental processes.
  • You will develop skills in analysis, evaluation and written communication.
  • Learn to explain a range of complex behaviours from differing perspectives.
  • Enjoy learning while achieving a grade which reflects your true potential.

Course content

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology: 

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology (on Paper 2 for AS students)

Paper 2: Psychology in context:

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology (AS only)

Paper 3: Issues & Options in Psychology (A level only)

  • ONE from schizophrenia, stress and eating disorders
  • ONE from gender, relationships and cognition & development
  • ONE from aggression, addiction and forensic psychology

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have studied Psychology at GCSE. You should have achieved an A*-C grade in at least 5 subjects at GCSE level including Maths, Biology and a Grade B in a Science or Maths.


Successful candidates will be awarded an AS grade A-E and this counts as 50% of a full A level and they may then choose to go on to follow the A2 course, which leads to a full A level in Psychology

Future opportunities

Psychology complements many other subjects and is accepted as an entry qualification for all university courses. It is not essential to take A level Psychology to be able to study Psychology at university. A Psychology degree can lead to a wide range of career opportunities as it is the study of human and animal behaviour. Careers in medicine and nursing, business, the media, the armed services, the police force, the Civil Service, advertising, teaching are just a few examples. Many former students have gone onto successfully pursue these careers and some have chosen to specialise further in Psychology, becoming forensic and clinical psychologists.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years