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A2 Level Psychology at Nether Stowe School

Course description

The Edexcel Psychology A level is a 2 year course that looks at how the brain works and what drives our behaviour.

Course content

The A level Psychology course includes the study of:

All topics include research methods

Year 1 -

Social psychology including obedience, predudice and discrimination. Cognitive psychology including the structure and function of memory. Biological psychology including the structure and function of the brain. Learning theories including the role of conditioning in phobias and eating disorders.

Year 2 -

One compulsory topic of Clinical psychology. A  choice of one topic from Criminological psychology, Health psychology and Child psychology. Psychological skills including research methods and issues and debates in psychology.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE qualifications at Grades 5-9 including English at Grade 6, Maths at Grade 6 and Science at Grade 6.


Three 2 hour exams:

Paper 1 - Social, cognitive, biological and learning theories.

Paper 2 - Clinical and one topic from criminological, child or health psychology

Paper 3 - Methodology, review of studies and issues and debates in psychology

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.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us,  or your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nether Stowe School directly.

Last updated date: 26 March 2018
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