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Psychology AS/A2 at All Saints' Academy

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and is an inspirational subject that will change the way you think about things forever. As you study human behaviour, and why we behave the way we do, it encourages you to adopt an open mind and become an analytical thinker. By studying Psychology, you will be prepared for future study and careers by developing independent learning and thinking skills, as well as an understanding of the many important factors that affect our behaviour. The course is taught through interactive activities and students will have opportunities to complete their own research.
You may want to know what causes mental illness, or why we become attracted to others. Whatever your particular interest, if you would like to understand both yourself and others better, Psychology is the subject for you!

Course content

The AS is a one year course which comprises of two units of work:
Unit 1 - Social Influence, Memory, Attachment
Unit 2 - Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, Research Methods
The A Level is a two year course which comprises of three units of work:
Unit 1 - Social Influence, Memory, Attachment
Unit 2 - Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Research Methods
Unit 3 - Issues and Debates, and Options in Psychology, which include Relationships, Aggression and Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Science and GCSE grade 5 in English and Maths.


The AS is assessed after one year with two written exams, both of equal weighting and each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no coursework.
The A Level is assessed after two years with three written exams, all of equal weighting and each lasting 2 hours. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Psychology can lead to specific careers in Occupational, Clinical or Forensic Psychology, counselling, therapy and Sport Psychology. It is also a useful qualification to have if you are thinking of any career that involves dealing with people (almost everything). An understanding of psychological procedures and principles would also be useful in careers such as teaching, health service related occupations, law (including the police) and social work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact All Saints' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016
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Key information

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