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Psychology AS/A2 Level at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

The Psychology syllabus provides an introduction to the main approaches in psychology.

At AS level, students will look at topics including cognitive psychology (how we process and organise information from the world around us through our senses), social psychology (how the presence, real or implied, of others influences the behaviour of both groups and individuals) biopsychology, human growth and development and research methodology, including practical research.

At A2 level, we look at applied psychology in areas such as education, health, sport and criminal behaviour.

Entry requirements

Students will require at least a grade B in Biology (triple Science) or B in Science and Additional Science. In addition at least B in Mathematics and C in English Language will be required. Essays and report writing are key features of the course, as are the use of statistical methods and interpretation of results.


There are two exams at AS and A2 level

Psychological Investigations (1 hour; 30% of AS)

Core Studies (2 hours; 70% of AS) and two exams at A2

Options in Applied Psychology (1 ½ hours; 50% of A2)

Approaches and Research Methods in Psychology (1 ½ hours; 50% of A2)

Future opportunities

Psychology can be studied to degree level at university, although 'A' level psychology is suitable for students wishing to pursue a variety of degrees.

Students wishing to study psychology at degree level should note the requirements of individual universities, as these may vary considerably.

Opportunities are varied and a qualification in psychology is relevant to many careers, including allied health professions, education, human resources, advertising and media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

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