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Psychology A level at JFS

Course description

The course will help students develop an awareness and understanding of psychological theories  and research and the process through which information on human behaviour is gathered to inform those theories.

Course content

In their first year, students will explore different areas of Psychology including:

  • memory,
  • the importance of infant attachment in developmental psychology
  • the power of social influence 
  • an introduction to individual differences: abnormality

In each area, the impact that psychology has had on everyday life will be explored. For all topics, an underlying understanding of research methods and techniques in Psychology will be necessary in order to critically evaluate the evidence supporting theories, models and explanations.


In their second year, students will have the opportunity of developing their existing knowledge and understanding by applying them to socially relevant topics using the issues and debates relevant to psychological research. The topics studied will include:

  • understanding human relationships,
  • the biopsychology of human behaviour  
  • explanations and theories of aggressive behavior.

In addition, Psychopathology is a central topic of interest and research methods are dealt with in more detail, allowing students to develop their knowledge of how Psychologists conduct investigations.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop their evaluative and analytical skills by exploring key issues and debates in Psychology.

Entry requirements

B grades in Double Science and a level 6 in English Language and English Literature. A level 6 in Mathematics is highly recommended.


All assessment is by externally examined written papers.

There are three papers (2 hours each)  at the end of the second year to obtain an  ‘A’ Level qualification.

Future opportunities

Psychology is a popular degree subject at university . The  ‘A’ Level  is an academically respected qualification and is a valuable foundation for those interested in pursuing Higher Education courses and/or careers in Social Sciences, Nursing, Advertising or Human Resources.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JFS directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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