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Psychology - A Level at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

New Linear A Level 

Course content

The new A level introduces the students to key concepts and theories in psychology as well as developing the skills needed for research methods. There is compulsory content which includes topics such as social influence, attachment, biopsychology, memory, and abnormal behaviour. Optional topics that the students and teacher will decide on include: relationships, schizophrenia, eating disorders, stress, aggression, forensic psychology, and addiction.

Year 12:

• PSYA1 Cognitive and Developmental Psychology and Research Methods (25%)

• PSYA2 Biological and Social Psychology and Individual Differences (25%)

Year 13:

• PSYA3 Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Aggression and Gender (25%)

• PSYA4 Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods (25%)

Entry requirements

B grade or above in GCSE psychology or a C grade or above in English and mathematics. Some confidence with basic arithmetic, the ability to think about mathematical concepts and work with simple formulae is helpful. Some science knowledge is essential (especially an understanding of how science works) a grade C is needed.


100% examined. There are three papers:

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (33.3% of A-Level)

Paper 2: Psychology in Context (33.3% of A-Level)

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology (33.3% of A-Level)

Future opportunities

Students will be able to go onto a degree in psychology and any other science related course. They can enter social work and nursing as well as counselling skills work. There are many careers open to psychology students; for more information go to the British Psychological Society (BPS) website at

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

Students need an enquiring, analytical mind, the self-motivation to conduct a considerable amount of independent study and self-discipline to direct their efforts. Training in research methodology is developed throughout the two years of the course. This training will provide students with the necessary skills required to implement and evaluate a number of different research methodologies that psychologists employ to understand human behaviour.

What other subjects compliment A Level Psychology?

Psychology is a subject that can be combined with any other A-Levels as it has aspects of science, critical thinking and social sciences within the subject content. A great many degree courses also offer a varied number of subjects combined with psychology, even subjects such as mathematics, drama, biology, law, and business.

How will I be taught?

The psychology department has a commitment to developing independence in students’ ability to study. We also encourage students to think critically about the research and theories being presented to them. Students will learn to answer examination questions, present research findings to the class, conduct their own experiments, and even direct their own learning in the selfstudy units. Students will have to participate fully in all lessons and will never be given the opportunity not to contribute at all within the lesson. We also offer after school support for those who are struggling with aspects of the course.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

Chester Zoo visit

Freud Museum

Master classes.

Student Testimonial, why study A Level Psychology?

Studying A level Psychology gives you the opportunity to study people, the mind and human behaviour. It is basically the study of yourself and the way you interact with people and world you live in. A level psychology allows you to study some very interesting topics and look at research that has been conducted by well-known psychologists including the study of: memory, social development, the effect of leaders and authority figures on our lives and how we cope with stress just to name a few. Psychology is a subject which gives you a broader insight into the world around you. While studying psychology you will have a greater understanding of how science works. You will evaluate psychological studies by researchers and look at practical, methodological and ethical issues relating to the way the study was conducted. I love A level Psychology because it is a subject that you can apply to our everyday lives. In A2 studying Sleep and Biological Rhythms is fascinating because you learn about the complexity of internal physiological processes which make us feel tired and also make us feel awake – the science behind sleep is far more detailed than I ever thought. Studying aggression has also allowed me to understand how complicated the biological explanations behind aggression are. Studying A level psychology is definitely a challenging subject as you will be required to learn psychological theories and evaluate research to support or contradict the theory. However, it is a subject that I really enjoy, due to the fact that everything I learn relates to the world around me. Ramanjit

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2015
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