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AS and A Level Psychology at Wetherby High School

Course description

Have you ever wondered what makes a person commit murder? Were they born that way –or was it their environment that shaped them? What makes some people obey orders to harm others and others risk their lives refusing?  Is it their personality or their situation? Are eyewitnesses reliable? Can we safely convict on eyewitness testimony  alone? In Psychology we discuss questions like this-and many more.

AS and A-level Psychology will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways. You will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem solving and many more that will prepare you for an exciting future with the possibility of a range of fantastic careers.

Course content

AS Unit Overview

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  •  Attachment
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods

A2 Unit Overview

  • Issues and debates in psychology
  • Option one  - Cognition and development
  • Option two - Schizophrenia
  • Option three - Aggression 


AS Assessment Overview

There are two exams at AS each worth 50% of your AS qualification. Each exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 72 marks. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

A2 Assessment Overview


At A-level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A-level. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 96 marks each. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year and A Level 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 7181

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