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Psychology A Level at Queen Katharine Academy

Course description

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. Originating from philosophy, psychology developed as an independent discipline around the 1880s and has become rooted in popular culture, as well as earning respect within the scientific sphere. Psychology urges us to look below a superficial understanding of the mind and behaviour, to dispel common assumptions regarding ‘human nature’. Psychological theory and research attempts to explain how the human mind, and behaviour, are impacted by both our biology and the environment that surrounds us. For example, consider whether mental illnesses are the product of our biological makeup or whether they have manifested through some environmental trigger; the answer may be rather more complex than you first imagine. Furthermore, psychology attempts to explain those things that most of us take for granted. For example, have you ever considered how the memory works or what life would be like if you didn’t have one? Taking up the study of psychology will urge you to ask these questions, as well as many others, and you will learn to do this in a critical way; turning to evidence to provide you with answers, rather than relying on ‘common knowledge’.


Course content

The A Level course Unit 1: Introductory topics in psychology • Social influence • Memory • Attachment • Psychopathology Unit 2: Psychology in context • Approaches in psychology • Biopsychology • Research methods Unit 3: Issues and options in psychology Compulsory: • Issues and debates in psychology Optional (One topic from each group will be studied): • Relationships • Gender • Cognition and development • Schizophrenia • Eating behaviour • Stress • Aggression • Forensic psychology • Addiction

Entry requirements

You'll need 5 A* - C grades in GSCE or eequivalent. Preferably including Maths and English at grade C. You must also need GSCE Science at grade C preferably biology


There are two exams assessing knowledge gained from the AS course and three exams to assess knowledge gained at A2 level; these exams take place in the summer. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

WIth an A level in Psychology, you'll be enter a wide range of careers and university courses.

Many Psychology students go on to complete a degree in psychology and there are many career options open to students with a Psychology qualification at either advanced or degree level. These include market research, teaching, social work, nursing, advertising, sales and personnel management. There are also formal professional career psychologists in the areas of clinical, educational, occupational, sport, counselling and forensic psychology. Students also have the capacity to enter the related areas of Law and Criminology.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 November 2015
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