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Psychology A level at Walton High

Course description

Psychology is the study of human thought, feelings, emotions and behaviour. This course aims to give students an understanding of the major psychological approaches and their applications. Throughout, students learn about psychological research methods and ethics which they are expected to apply to their own work.

Course content

  • Paper 1: ‘Foundations in Psychology’- Social, cognitive biological psychology and theories of learning
  • Paper 2: ‘Applications in Psychology’- Clinical and child psychology . This unit examines mental health disorders and the development of the child from birth to adulthood .
  • Paper 3: ‘Psychological skills’- A synoptic unit that focusses the methodology and skills psychologists use.

Each of the exam papers has a mixture of content, method, studies, a key question and practical investigation.

Entry requirements

8 GCSEs (A*-C) or above, including English Language and Maths.


The exams consist of structured questions of varying length requiring knowledge, understanding and application of material covered. Each exam paper is two hours in length.

A Level students will conduct practical investigations. Students will then be asked to apply this practical knowledge to novel situations in the examinations.

Future opportunities

Psychology has close ties with a range of disciplines. Subjects that go well with Psychology include other Social Sciences, Biology, English and Philosophy. Students of Psychology may use their qualification to study the subject or related disciplines at a higher level. Professional psychologists work in a number of settings including education, health care, marketing and Human Resource Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walton High directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years