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Psychology at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA

Psychology is a fascinating science concerned with the study of the mind and behaviour. It has links with biological, computer and forensic sciences, as well as with the humanities such as sociology, philosophy and literature. The common factor linking people who study psychology is curiosity and the search for knowledge.

There are a number of reasons why students want to study psychology:

  • Psychology is exciting
  • Psychology is challenging
  • Psychology is useful


Course content

The A Level course covers a range of approaches to Psychology and explores the research methods used by psychologists. 10% of questions will require mathematical knowledge and the ability to apply it. You will study the following topics:

  • Paper 1: Memory, Attachment, Social Influence, Psychopathology

  • Paper 2: Biopsychology, Approaches, Research Methods

  • Paper 3: Relationships, Schizophrenia, Aggression, Issues and Debates


Entry requirements

Grade 5 in any GCSE Science, Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and Grades 5 and 6 in GCSE English Language and  Literature (either way around)



The whole course will be assessed in THREE exams: 

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (taught Yr. 12) - Memory - Social Influence - Attachment - Psychopathology 

Paper 2: Psychology in context (taught Yr.12 and 13) - Approaches in psychology - Biopsychology - Research methods 

Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology (taught Yr.13) - Issues and debates in psychology - Relationship - Schizophrenia - Aggression

Future opportunities

Psychology has a broad range of real world applications in everyday life, ranging from stress, health, mental illness, artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction, to personal development, social interaction and the environment, to name but a few.

Psychology offers good career prospects. There are a large number of careers in psychology these include: psycho-biologists, child psychologists, industrial, cognitive, and social psychologists-and that's just the tip of a very large iceberg! But the skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research. Therefore the jobs they get are many and varied. They range from health and social welfare occupations, such as Care Assistant and Assistant Psychologist, to commercial, professional and managerial jobs, such as Chartered Accountant and Marketing Manager . Graduates have also entered administration , information work , sales , teaching and the media .

There are many careers that you can go into following a degree in psychology!

Further information



How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years