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AS/A2 Psychology at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

In the first year you will study the areas of cognitive, developmental, biological and social and abnormal psychology.

You will cover topics such as;

  • What is memory and how does it work?
  • Attachments between babies and their mothers.
  • Stress and its effect on the body.
  • Conformity and obedience.
  • Abnormal behaviours (OCD, depression), phobias.
  • Psychopathological disorders such as Schizophrenia- in the second year.
  • Explanations for sleep and sleep disorders.
  • Aggression.

In both years you will learn how to design and carry out psychological experiments.

Course content

You will work in groups designing and administering your own psychology experiments.

You will work independently and in pairs on tasks.

You will carry out research and use journals and articles to extend your learning.

Entry requirements

Grade B pass in Science at GCSE


Exams at the end of each academic year in May or June.

You will also have regular assessments and past examination questions.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. 

It will be useful in many careers because it develops a number of transferable skills including problem solving, critical thinking and communication.

It can also help if you want to progress to a degree course in Psychology and even a career as a qualified psychologist, Counsellor or Nurse. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you.



Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.


Psychology will be taught at either the St Margaret Ward site or the University Academy Kidsgrove site.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Patricia Rhodes -Trinity Progress Manager SMW
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 810400
    • Email address: