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Psychology 'AS & 'A2' at Temple Moor High School

Course description

“The purpose of Psychology is to give us a totally different view of the things we think we know best” – Paul Valery


Course content

This course is for those who have an enquiring mind, like to discuss and wish to gain an understanding of how humans (and non-humans) develop, socialise and interact with each other. Psychology is not just an academic subject; it’s a life-skill!


Psychology A level has experienced a surge in student demand in recent years and has become a popular choice for students. Whilst we would love to tell you that studying Psychology will enable you to read people’s minds (it doesn’t), there are still many reasons for studying this exciting new A Level. Psychology is defined as the ‘scientific study of the human mind and behaviour’ but is much more than this. Students will explore how the human brain works and attempt to explain a wide range of behaviours through the study of topics such as memory, attachment, aggression, phobias, schizophrenia, prejudice and obedience to authority. These are just some of the areas discussed in this course.


Entry requirements

You will need GCSE’s in English, Maths and Science at a 5. It is important that you have good extended writing skills, are hardworking person and someone who enjoy new challenges. Psychology is unique in that it combines well with nearly all other level 3 courses but it particular goes well with sciences and humanities subjects.



The subject is assessed through three written exam papers at the end of the second year of study. Each exam paper contains range of topics which are assessed through short answer questions and some essays. The papers also include 10% maths questions.


Future opportunities

Psychology is one of the most popular subjects to study because it has a big impact on all areas of life, from education and health, to the economy and crime. Previous students have gone on pursue careers in medicine, business and advertising, teaching, policing, social work, sport, counselling and others.

Regardless of your aspirations, A Level Psychology is highly respected by all universities and for a wide range of courses. It is considered to be a demanding subject offering a range of valuable academic skills such as written communication, data analysis, research skills, text analysis, ability to form an argument based on considered evidence. And of course, an insight into how people’s minds work!


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: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Miss Hudson
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01133900770
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