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Psychology ( A level Linear - No AS Examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

This course is designed for people with no previous experience of the subject and is aimed at people with a desire to learn and an enthusiasm for Psychology - the scientific study of behaviour and experience.

You’ll enjoy this course if you enjoy:

  • doing investigations and finding out about studies carried out by psychologists
  • you are open to different viewpoints and to considering a variety of explanations for human behaviour.

This course will increase your knowledge and understanding of human behaviour. You will develop a number of valuable skills including: how to design and conduct scientific investigations, how to analyse and interpret data and how to view the world around you from different perspectives. In short, it will improve your critical reasoning ability.

You will be expected to be independent and self-motivated in your learning. The department has high standards of teaching and we have excellent ICT and film resources You will be expected to participate in group activities and complete considerable study in your own time.

You will need to consolidate your learning through private study/homework for a minimum of 6 hours each week.


Course content

 The AQA Psychology A level provides a fascinating introduction to key areas of psychological interest and includes many of the classic studies of famous psychologists. 

The first year of study covers social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in psychology, biopsychology, psychopathology, research methods.

The second year of study focuses on issues and debates in psychology, relationships, stress and aggression. 

Entry requirements

English and Mathematics at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of grade C. A grade B or above in Biology or Additional Science. 


At A-level there are three exams, consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

External written examination 33.3% of A level

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

External written examination 33.3% of A level

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

External written examination 33.3% of A level


Financial information

Trips and visits in support of the curriculum.    

Future opportunities

 You will gain a broad skill set that prepares you for higher education and a wide range of potential careers. Psychology A Level has direct value if you wish to become a psychologist, therapist or mental health worker and is very useful for a range of careers in any of the caring services, or in marketing, business and journalism. Psychology A level complements a wide range of A levels including Biology, Sociology, English and Sports Studies. 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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    • The main entrance to the School is via Gumley Gardens off  St John's Road.

      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

      There is limited parking in the school during school hours. There is metered street parking in South Street (off Twickenham Road).