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Psychology AS/A2 at Trinity School

Course description

Psychology is all around us. It is about understanding human behaviour and thinking proce sses: what makes us tick and why we do what we do. It touches virtually every aspect of your life. Psychological theories and research have influenced our laws and public policy on such matters as discrimination, capital punishment and education and have provided evidence on the harmful effects of television violence.

Course content

Year 1 (Year 12) - Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology - Social Influence, Memory and Attachment

Paper 2 : Psychology in Context - Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods


Year 2 (Year 13) - Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology - Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychology.

Paper 2 : Psychology in Context - Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology - Issues and Debates in Psychology, One from Relationships, Gender or Cognitive Development, One from Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviours or Stress, One from Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction

Entry requirements

Maths is important at both levels but especially important at A2 where an understanding of advanced level statistics is required.

English is important as you need to be able to think logically, write clearly and accurately to evaluate evidence and arguments in detail.

You need to have an interest in people; a curiosity in what you and others are all about is essential for Psychology.

You do not need to have studied Psychology at GCSE.


Year 1 - Both papers are 1 hour 30 minutes written exam. Papers are worth 72 marks. Each paper is worth 50% of the AS Level.

Year 2 – All papers are 2 hour written examinations, each worth 96 marks. Each paper is worth 33% of the A Level.

Future opportunities

After completing your A level in Psychology you could choose to take this further and study Psychology at University level. Psychology graduates have one of the widest choices of careers including: Educational psychology, Forensic psychology, Clinical psychology, Sports psychology and Research. A Psychology A level also provides a good scientific choice for those aspiring to go onto professions based on a high level of interaction with the public such as medicine, nursing and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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