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A Level in Psychology at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

Psychology is essentially the study of mind and behaviour. Psychologists observe and measure behaviour using scientific methods in order to explain why people act the way they do, and why there is so much individual difference between people. Psychology has links with many other subjects including biology, philosophy, sociology and anthropology. This mix of disciplines helps to make psychology such a fascinating subject.

Psychology is a very popular A-Level option which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and extended writing.

Course content

AS (Year 1)

- Social Influence

- Memory

- Attachment

- Approaches in Psychology

- Psychopathology

- Research methods


A2 (Year 2)

- Biopsychology

- issues and debates in psychology

- Gender OR Relationships

- Schizophrenia OR Eating behaviour OR Stress

- Aggression OR Forensic psychology OR Addiction

Entry requirements

Students must have a minimum of a grade B in English Language or English Literature and a grade C (preferably a B) in Mathematics and Science.

Students must be aware that the A-Level psychology syllabus includes significant amounts of science and mathematics (particularly statistics) as well as essay writing. It is therefore a subject which best suits students with an interest in a range of academic disciplines.



- AS Level: Students will sit two 1.5 hour examinations at the end of year 12. Both exams will be worth 50% of the final qualification and contain a mixture of multiple choice, short answers and extended writing.

- A2 Level : Students will three 2 hours examinations at the end of year 13, each worth it 33.3% of the final A-Level. Each exam will contain a mixture of multiple choice, short answers and extended writing.

Please note that there is no coursework in A-Level Psychology.

Further information

For further information contact Mrs L Frost , Head of Psychology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS, and a further 1 year for A Level