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A2 Level : Psychology at English Martyrs Catholic School

Course description

You will learn the fundamentals of Psychology and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Paper 1

Introductory topics in Psychology.  (Social influence, Human memory, Attachment, Psychopathology). 

Paper 2

Psychology in context (Approaches, Biopsychology research methods) E.g How does the brain work?  How do we study the brain?

Paper 3

Issues and Options in Psychology (issues and debates in Psychology, Option topics = Human relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology).

PLEASE NOTE:  The option topics offered may change depending on specification changes, popularity, resource availability etc

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths = grade C


A2 Psychology:  Students will sit all A level exams at the end of Year 2.

Paper 1 Introductory Topics in Psychology

              Written exam: 2 hours (33.3% of A- Level)

Paper 2 Psychology in context.  Written exam:  2 hours (33.3% of A-Level )

Paper 3 Issues and Options in Psychology:  2 hours (33.3% of A-Level)

Exam Board:  AQA - PLEASE NOTE:  The above information is subject to change as it is based on a draft specification  for first teaching in September 2015. 

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year