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Psychology AS/A2 Level at The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Course description

The examination board is AQA. This new specification allows students to study a number of key contemporary topics. The AS level course will include the study of:

  • Developmental Psychology (What factors affect an infant’s development?)
  • Cognitive Psychology (How is memory organised?)
  • Research Methods (What different methods are used to carry out scientific investigations?)
  • Biological Psychology (Functions of the brain)
  • Social Psychology (Why do people obey and conform?)
  • Individual Differences (Why do people suffer from mental disorders?)

As the course develops, you will also consider:

  • Gender (Why do boys think they are boys?)
  • Addiction (what causes addiction?)
  • Foundations of Psychology (Where does psychology come from and where is it going?)
  • Psychopathology (What are the causes of schizophrenia?), Psychology in Action (What interventions can be used to help people with drug addictions?)
  • in-depth exploration of Research Methods (What makes research reliable and valid?)

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

6 A* - C GCSE passes including a grade B in English Language and a Grade B in Mathematics.


This is a linear course which involves 3 exam papers at the end. Each last for 2 hours and are worth 33.3% of the A-level course. The questions are multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Future opportunities

 Psychology can help your career either directly or indirectly. Careers in public relations, human resources, marketing, advertising and nursing are just a few occupations that lend themselves well to having a background in Psychology!

Of course, if you wish to become a psychologist, whether it is in education, sport, industry, policing, a therapist or mental health worker, then this A Level is of direct value

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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      For those travelling by bicycle we also have secure bicycle racks on site.

      Nearest Tube Stations 

      Greenford and Ealing Broadway 

      Nearest British Rail Station 


      Nearest Bus Routes

      92 Ealing Hospital - Greenford - Wembley - Neasden

      95 Southall - Greenford - Park Royal - Shepherd’s Bush

      105 Heathrow - Greenford - Park Royal - Shepherd’s Bush

      282 Ealing Hospital - Greenford - Eastcote - Mount Vernon

      E1 Ealing Broadway - Drayton Green - Greenford

      E2 Brentford - Greenford - Ruislip

      E3 Greenford - Acton - Chiswick

      E5 Greenford - Southall - Havelock Estate

      E6 Greenford - Willowtree Lane - Hayes

      E7 Ealing - Greenford - Ruislip

      E9 Ealing Broadway - Greenford - Yeading

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