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Psychology AS and A2 at Broughton Hall High School

Course description

Psychology is now an established subject in the Sixth Form curriculum and it is one of the most popular. It is an exciting subject which covers a range of diverse topics. Psychology is defined as ‘The Science of Mind and Behaviour’. We teach the AQA Psychology specification, which offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the basics of the subject and develop a range of skills that are valued by universities and employers, such as critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

In 2015, there is a new syllabus being introduced and it is likely that students will have the opportunity to choose to study the 1 year AS-Level qualification or the 2 year A-Level qualification. 

Course content

This is the provisional course outline.


PAPER 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology
PAPER 2 - Psychology in Context


PAPER 1 - Introductory Topics in Psychology
PAPER 2 - Psychology in Context
PAPER 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology

Entry requirements

There is no requirement for you to have undertaken Psychology at GCSE in order to be accepted on to the AS or A-Level qualifications. However, Psychology has a strong scientific basis and so we recommend that you should have achieved at least 6 GCSEs in separate subjects at grades A-C with a minimum grade B/B in double award Science and at least a Grade B in Maths and English. An interest in people and their behaviour is essential. Please note this course will not teach you how to read minds!

Future opportunities

Psychology is a diverse subject and the knowledge and skills you will learn on the course can be used in many different professions and careers. Psychology itself contains many specialities, such as Sports, Forensic and Clinical Psychology. If you are thinking of a career in Psychology then you will need to go on to undertake a first degree (usually a single honours degree) in Psychology. However, careers such as Nursing, Teaching, Police, Human resources etc all view Psychology very favourably.


Further information

 The new AS and A-level qualifications are still under development and the content or structure of the course may be different to that shown above

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Broughton Hall High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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