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Psychology A level at South Axholme Academy

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour: how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups.

We are all interested in what makes people tick and how this understanding can help solve major problems in society. Psychologists study human behaviour by observing, measuring and testing, then arriving at conclusions that are rooted in sound scientific methodology.

Course content

The following topics will be studied at AS; Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychological approaches, Psychopathology (including Phobias, Depression and OCD) and Research Methods. At A2, the following additional topics will be studied; Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Eating behaviour and Aggression.

Entry requirements

To study Psychology you will need to achieve a grade C or above for both English and Mathematics.


The AS-level assessment consists of two written exams of 90 minutes, which will be taken at the end of one year of study. Each exam is worth 50% of the final AS mark.

The A-level assessment consists of three written exams of 2 hours, which will be taken at the end of two years of study. Each exam is worth 33.3% of the final A2 mark.

Future opportunities

Studying Psychology will help develop skills that are transferable to a number of jobs and professions, including law, business, medicine, journalism, marketing, advertising, personnel work, management and many more.

You can continue to study Psychology or related subjects, such as Criminology, at university. This can lead to a career as a Psychologist in any of the specialist areas, such as occupational, child, clinical, criminal or educational psychology, or to work in related fields such as social services, probation or youth work, the police and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Axholme Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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