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Psychology A Level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. It is therefore relevant to every walk of life, from child development, to how our behaviours and thoughts are influenced by others. The course covers explanations of human behaviour from a wide range of theoretical approaches. Students then apply their knowledge to specific fields of study, such as how Memories are formed, how our body reacts in times of stress, what are the underlying causes and treatments of Psychiatric illnesses and how concepts such as Obedience and Conformity can influence our behaviours. Students will also have to grapple some quite advanced Philosophical questions about humans, such as to what degree our behaviours are under our own control and whether human behaviour is a result of our biology or environmental influences.

Course content

Unit 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology (Abnormality).

Unit 2: Psychology in Context Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods.

Unit 3: Issues and Options in Psychology Issues and debates in Psychology, Gender, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology.

Entry requirements

GCSE Average: 5.5, GCSE Grade C in Maths, English Language and Science subjects.


Unit 1: 2 hour written exam, 33.3% of A-level.

Unit 2: 2 hour written exam, 33.3% of A-level.

Unit 3: 2 hour written exam, 33.3% of A-level.

Future opportunities

Psychology is focussed on interpreting and explaining human behaviour, and as such is a skill invaluable in any career. A Level Psychology would be a good choice if you are interested in understanding more about how humans ‘work’ and also if you like to analyse, debate and think ‘outside the box’. The subject works very well in combination with many other A Levels, such as the Sciences, Maths, Humanities and other Social Sciences. It could also be a good choice if you are not sure what to take, but would like a subject that is interesting, accessible and applicable to your life. The subject can open doors to careers in Psychology itself, such as Clinical Psychology, Criminal/ Forensic Psychology and Sports Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years