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Psychology A Level at Queens Park Community School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of human mental processes and behaviour. Anything that people do, think or feel may be studied by psychologists. Studying psychology will develop an understanding of the biological and psychological mechanisms involved in both normal and abnormal behaviours.

The A level course is designed to give students a broad introduction to the key theories and research methods in Psychology, as well as the ethical issues associated with Psychology. Students studying the full two year A Level will develop an understanding of human mental
processes and behaviours through a range of topics such as:
The different approaches and debates Psychology
The causes and treatments of abnormality
How the memory system works, including how we store memories and why we forget
Human development and how childhood experiences can affect adult behaviour
The consequences of stress and the benefits of stress management
The reasons why people conform in society
The reasons why people obey and disobey authority figures
The causes of aggression.

Course content

Compulsory content:
Social influence
Approaches in psychology
Research methods
Issues and debates in psychology
Options to be selected from:
Relationships, Gender, Cognition and Development
Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour,
Aggression, Forensic Psychology,

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Combined Science or in Chemistry and Biology GCSEs if you have tak en triple science. At least grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics GCSEs.


Three 2 hour exams made up of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
questions. Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology, Paper 2: Psychology in context and Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology. At least 10% of the marks will require
the use of mathematical skills at GCSE grade 5/6 standard.

Future opportunities

Students may go on to study psychology in higher education to become a psychologist
involved in diagnosing and treating people. However, psychology can be useful for all
careers involving working with people, including nursing, police, forensics, social work, the media, sports psychology, personnel, marketing, sales and market research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queens Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2018
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