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AS/A2 Psychology at Sandringham School

Course description

Course Aims:

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour and is therefore directly relevant to your life. It is an interesting subject as it focuses on why people behave as they do.  The AS and A-Level course involves learning about psychological theories and studies across a range of topics such as Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.  Studying Psychology will help students learn skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers including to work independently, critically analyse and to carry out research. It will also help the students to see flaws in arguments, to develop powers of reasoning and to realise that things are not always what they seem.

Course Structure

AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Psychology (7181)

AQA Advanced GCE in Psychology (7182)

AS level:

Stimulus Questions and Essays:

2 written papers – total 3 hours

Social influence



Approaches to psychology


Research methods

A level:

Stimulus Questions and Essays:

3 written papers – total 6 hours

Social influence



Approaches to psychology


Research methods

Issues and debates in psychology


Option 1                                      A-Level Option 2                A-Level Option 3

Relationships                               Schizophrenia                           Aggression

Gender                                          Eating behavior                        Forensic psychology

Cognition and development      Stress                                         Addiction


Entry requirements

A minimum GCSE grade B in English is essential. A minimum GCSE grade B in Maths is also required in order to cope with the mathematical demands of the course. Students would be expected to have at least two grade B’s at GCSE from the higher paper in Double Award Science (Core Science and Additional). Students will need to be highly motivated and prepared to work independently due to the considerable background reading required for this course. A strong work ethic is essential. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years