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Psychology (A Level) at Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. In A level psychology you will study the different perspectives within the discipline and methods of gathering evidence to support and test psychological theories.  You will also consider the implications and issues associated with the theories and perspectives, and will learn to apply knowledge to various real life scenarios.

As part of the A level course you will study applications of psychology such as forensic psychology, schizophrenia and phobias.

A level psychology candidates will be expected to develop an understanding of research methods and statistics, and how they contribute to the generation of theory and psychological knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to plan and carry out their own psychology research in a given topic.

Psychology is an interesting and enjoyable subject, but is also rigorous and challenging with strong scientific content. Students are advised to have at least a B in maths and additional science GCSEs, and a C in English.

Course content

A Level
Unit 1 - Introducing Topics in Psychology
  • Social influence 
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psycopathology
Unit 2 - Psychology in context
  • Approaches in Psychology 
  • Bio Psychology
  • Research methods and issues
Unit 3 - Issues and Options in Psychology
  • Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • Gender
  • Schizophernia
  • Forensic Psychology

Entry requirements

General entry requirement:

Students should achieve GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics plus 3 further GCSE grades 9-4 (or grade C in non-reformed qualifications) AND meet the individual subject specific requirements.

Plus - Science Grade 5


Each of the units is assessed by exam. There is no coursework element.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Psychology is relevant to many career paths, such as Social Work, Law and Education.  With a degree in psychology, there are opportunities to become chartered in many fields, such as clinical, educational, sports and occupational psychology.

Further information


To discuss this course, please contact our Team Leader of Psychology, Mrs R Roo

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18 directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2018
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