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Psychology at Trinity Catholic School

Course description

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour.  It is about what makes us do the things we do and what it is to be human.

Course content

Topics covered AS level

1          Social influence

2          Memory

3          Attachment

4          Approaches in psychology

5          Psychopathology

6          Research methods


Students are assessed at the end of the one-year course by 2 exams of 1 hour 30 minutes

each. This is a stand alone qualification which does not count towards an A Level in Psychology

although the topics covered are the same as those in the first year of the A Level course.

Students can transfer from AS to A level if they wish after the first year.

Topics Covered A Level

Compulsory content:

1          Social influence

2          Memory

3          Attachment

4          Psychopathology

5          Approaches in psychology

6          Biopsychology

7          Research methods

8          Issues and debates in psychology


Then one topic from each of the following three sections:


Option 1:

9          Relationships

10        Gender

11        Cognition and development


Option 2:

12        Schizophrenia

13        Eating behaviour

14        Stress

Option 3:

15        Aggression

16        Forensic Psychology

17        Addiction



Students are assessed at the end of the two-year course by three 2-hour exams each of which is worth one third of the final qualification

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Grade B or above in English for AS
  •  GCSE Grade B or above in English and Maths for A Level

Future opportunities

Suggested career paths include:

  • Psychologist/Psychiatrist
  • Social Work
  • People-oriented/caring
  • professions
  • Law
  • Personnel
  • Teaching
  • Research

Further information

Skills developed:

  • Analysis, interpretation and evaluation
  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • Team work
  • Structuring an investigation
  • Organisation


For more information about this course

     Please contact Vin Bryer, Head of Psychology



How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: AQA