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Psychology A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

These qualifications offer an engaging and effective introduction to psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Course content

AS and first year of A Level

  • Module 1: Social Influence
  • Module 2: Memory
  • Module 3: Attachment
  • Module 4: Approaches in Psychology
  • Module 5: Psychopathology
  • Module 6: Research Methods

Second year of A Level Module

  • Module 7: Biopsychology
  • Module 8: Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • Option 1: Relationships; Gender; Cognitive development
  • Option 2: Schizophrenia; Eating behaviour; Stress
  • Option 3: Aggression; Forensic psychology; Addiction

Entry requirements

For you to apply to study AS/A Level Psychology you need to have achieved: 5 A* to C at GCSE, a minimum of a B in GCSE Biology or additional science and a minimum of a 5 in mathematics and English at GCSE. Due to a limited number of available places, additional entrance criteria may be applied


The AS level course is assessed by two written exams; these are 1 hour 30 minutes long, each is worth 72 marks and both contribute equally to the final AS grade.

The papers consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

  • Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology (modules 1-3 above)
  • Paper 2: Psychology in context (modules 4-6 above)

The A Level course is assessed by three written exams that are all 2 hours long and will include multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing questions. Each is worth 96 marks and contributes equally to the final A Level grade.

  • Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology (modules 1-4 above)
  • Paper 2: Psychology in context (modules 5-7 above)
  • Paper 3: Issues and opinions in psychology (module 8 and option module)

Future opportunities

Psychology, as the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour, is a challenging and academic course. Apart from a career as a professional psychologist, studying psychology is a great choice for people who want to work in social care, mental health, education, business, research, sports and more. It offers many transferable skills that are valued by many different types of employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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