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Psychology A level at Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School

Course description

Psychology is the often called ‘the science of mind and behaviour’. Psychology will be enjoyed by students who are interested in why people behave as they do. Students will learn about ways that psychologists explain various behaviours and scientific evidence to support these theories.

Course content

AS Level Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology Social influence – How our behaviour is influenced by the people around us, e.g. obedience Memory – Models of how memory works, what influenced the accuracy of eyewitness testimony and the causes of forgetting Attachment – How our relationship with our caregiver forms and the impact it has on later life. Paper 2: Psychology in Context Approaches in Psychology - The origins of Psychology and the different approaches that are used to explain behaviour (e.g. biological) Psychopathology – The difference ways in which psychological disorders (e.g. schizophrenia and depression) can be defined, explained and treated Research methods – How research is carried out and how results are analysed A Level Biopsychology – Brain areas, brain imagining and the influence of hormones Issues and debates in Psychology – The impact of gender and cultural bias, nature verses nurture and how much our behaviour is in our own control Relationships – Models of how relationships form and breakdown Eating behaviour – The influence of biology, evolution and our surroundings on normal and abnormal eating Aggression - The influence of biology, evolution and our surroundings on aggression.

Entry requirements

Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are: • an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies • a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students • full time attendance and punctuality Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully. If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.


Both AS and A Level are 100% exam based At AS there are two exams, each is 1.5 hours and are 50% of AS At A Level there are three exams, each is 2 hours. Each exam is worth 33% of the final A Level grade.

Future opportunities

Psychology is one of the fastest growing subjects at both A Level and degree level. If you choose to study Psychology at University you will find a large number of courses to choose from, some of them covering the traditional areas of the subject and some with a narrower focus. After graduation many avenues are open, both in specialist areas of Psychology and in the wider market place. Clinical, Educational, Counselling, Occupational and Health Psychology are just some of the specialist fields into which Psychology graduates may go. Others go into Advertising, Marketing, Sales, Market Research, Personnel, General Management, the Media – Psychology Graduates turn up everywhere!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 7182