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Psychology at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychologists study what people do and what they experience. It involves scientific research methods to generate and analyse data, and uses a number of different approaches to explain variations in thoughts and actions.

Psychology has direct applications for real life ranging from influencing others to medical treatments, and thus can be applied to many different career paths.

Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

A Level Psychology comprises three examinations (2 hours each), each worth one third of the qualification.

Paper 1:  Introductory Topics in Psychology assesses social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology.

Paper 2:  Psychology in Context examines approaches in Psychology, research methods and biopsychology.

Paper 3:  Issues and Options in Psychology tests issues and debates in Psychology, relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology.

Entry requirements

No prior learning is required for this course although GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science would be needed to enable the student to understand the course content.  GCSE Psychology is not required to study the A Level.


How will I be assessed at A Level?

  • Paper 1:  Written exam, 2 hours, 33.3% of A Level
  • Paper 2:  Written exam, 2 hours 33.3% of A Level
  • Paper 3:  Written exam, 2 hours, 33.3% of A Level

Future opportunities

Careers specific to Psychology include: Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Teaching and Educational Psychology, Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Sports Psychology and Psychiatric Nursing.

It also has relevance in other occupational areas including management, advertising, personnel and careers in the legal system.

Psychology is a useful subject to have because it demonstrates that you have a range of transferable skills.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

The demands of the course require students to write effective essays, evaluate research and analyse data.  You will develop an understanding of ethics, social responsibility and an appreciation of the importance of equality and diversity.  You will learn how to structure an argument, conduct statistical analyses, carry out research and problem solve. Finally, you will be able to explain behaviour in a variety of situations.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 40