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Psychology AS & A Level at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School

Course description

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. This course will introduce you to different theories and methods used in Psychology, and will give you the chance to understand the ways in which Psychologists explain human behaviour. As an A Level Psychology student you will be concerned with explaining the reasons behind human behaviour. For instance, why do some people develop mental illness? Why do we attach with our parents? Why are people willing to inflict pain in the name of authority and obedience?

If you have an analytical mind, and enjoy discussions incorporating science and mathematical skills, then this is the course for you!

Course content

A Level Psychology has been designed to provide candidates with an introduction to Psychology. It will cover various approaches in Psychology, with an emphasis on practical implications and research methods. The content has been designed to inspire, nurture and develop learners. Throughout this two year course, learners will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.
  • Apply the above in theoretical and practical contexts, using both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological information and evidence, making judgements and reaching conclusions.
  • Develop and refine practical design and procedures within psychological research.
  • Develop a lifelong interest in psychological issues

Entry requirements

GCSE Grades A*- C in 5 subjects (to include Mathematics) GCSE Grade Bs in English and Science.


You are assessed through three examinations at the end of the second year of your course. Each paper is worth 33.33% of your total A Level.

Paper 1 – introductory topics in Psychology. Topics consist of social influence, memory, attachment and Psychopathology

Paper 2 – Psychology in context. Topics consist of approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and research methods

Paper 3 – Issues and options in Psychology. Topics consist of issues and debates, and one topic from each of the following sections:

  • Relationships, gender or cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia, eating behaviour and stress
  • Aggression, forensic psychology and addiction

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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