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Psychology A level at Hylands School

Course description

At AS and A2 level, students will learn about psychological explanations of specific human thought and behaviours, facets of abnormal behaviour and methods of researching such issues. Over the course, students will develop skills in analysis, evaluation and application of knowledge. They will use these to consider the effectiveness of psychological theory and research in explaining everyday human action. In order to aid their understanding of the psychological research, students will be expected to carry out mini psychological investigations of their own, collect results, draw conclusions as well as evaluate their own work.

*As from September 2015 students will study the new linear GCE (AQA) A-Level Psychology course where all examinations will be held at the end of the course, worth 100% of their overall A-level grade*

Course content

Students will learn about the following compulsory content, as well as three additional components of study:

Compulsory content

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in psychology

Additional content

  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology

Entry requirements

  • GCSE subject specific grade required: GCSE Psychology minimum grade C
  • Non GCSE Psychology students may apply but must have a C grade in GCSE Mathematics and English. 3. Pre-summer work required to be completed by students: Yes


Students will sit three separate two hour exams at the end of the two year course. Questions will range from multiple choice, short answer and extended writing formats:

Paper 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology 33.3% of overall A level

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context 33.3% of overall A level

Paper 3 - Issues and Options in Psychology 33.3% of overall A level

Future opportunities

AS and A2 Psychology give students a unique insight into why humans behave the way they do. It introduces students to a range of approaches used to study issues in psychology. This course is extremely beneficial for careers in psychology, health/welfare, law, teaching, marketing/advertising, human resources, general management, the police and the media. A Level Psychology is an excellent foundation for further study in this subject or related subjects in higher education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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