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Psychology AS/A2 Level at Havelock Academy

Course description



Psychology is a very broad subject. Students study what makes humans behave the way they do, how humans develop and interact with other humans. A Psychology student should have a keen interest in the internal body mechanisms.

Psychology is classed as one of the science group of subjects and has the same assessment objectives as the other A-level sciences. These are set by government and the exams measure how well students have achieved them.


Course content



The full A-level consists of the following course components:

Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods.

The optional units in the Upper 6th are grouped as ‘Issues and Debates in Psychology’ and one section to study is taken from:

  • Relationships; Gender; Cognition and Development

one from:

  • Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour; Stress

one from:

  • Aggression; Forensic Psychology; Addiction


Entry requirements



A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths. If Psychology GCSE has been taken, a minimum of a grade B would be expected.




At the end of the upper 6th, three 2-hour written examinations.

On-going internal assessments include group presentations, written assignments and individual application of research methods.


Future opportunities



A Psychology degree would be the most common progression from A level Psychology with many subjects that are studied at the same time such as Criminology and Forensics.

These are ideal preparation for people wishing to start a career in the NHS, Prison Service, Business Sector or Education.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havelock Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015

Key information

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