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Psychology A Level (AQA) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

In Psychology, students discover how different behaviours are explained and students develop their own abilities to analyse behaviour using real life examples. The course runs over two years to complete the full A2 level.


Unit 1:  Social Influence, Memory and Attachment

  • Memory - the aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of how memory functions, how to make best use of eye witness evidence and how to improve memory.
  • Attachment - students learn psychological accounts of the functions and development of attachments between infants and their caregiver, the effects of institutionalisation and what effects day-care can have on the social and cognitive development of children.
  • Social influence – students learn about the different factors that influence conformity, obedience and independent behaviour.
Unit 2:  Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods · Approaches in Psychology – students learn about the main schools of thought within psychology, how different psychologists explain the causes of behaviour. Students will explore biological psychology, cognitive psychology, behavioural psychology and psychodynamic psychology. These approaches underpin analysis of behaviour in all topics. · Psychopathology – in this topic students discover the difficulties with attempting to define ‘normality’ and they explore treatments for mental disorders. · Research methods – students find out which methods psychologists use to study behaviour, they are able to apply research terms, analyze data using statistical tests and evaluate research methods. Unit 3:  In Year 13, students will sit an exam similar to those sat in Year 12 but it will be more extensive (2 hours rather than 1 hour 30 minutes) covering the topics of Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology in the Introductory Psychology paper. Unit 4: Students will complete a Psychology in Context exam focusing on Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods.

Unit 5:  Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Relationships 
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress
  • Eating behaviour
  • Aggression
  • Addictive behaviour

Forensic Psychology

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics

You do not need to have studied a related KS4 subject to choose this subject.


Exams only (2 papers of one hour, thirty minutes in Year 12; in Year 13 three exams, all three are two hour papers).

AS and A2 Psychology exams comprise multiple choice questions, short structured questions and extended writing tasks.

Future opportunities

Psychology benefits a wide variety of careers from teaching to mental health. Popular career routes are educational psychology, forensic psychology and clinical psychology.

Further information

Psychology links particularly well with science and humanities based subjects.


Contact Miss Keightley, Head of Department via e-mail at

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: 28 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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