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Psychology AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content


Unit 1:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment

Unit 2:

  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods


Unit 1:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Unit 2:

  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Unit 3:

  • One of : Relationships, gender or cognitive development
  • One of: Schizophrenia, eating behaviour or stress
  • One of: Aggression, forensic psychology or addiction


How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):

  • Our learning depends on a variety of lesson techniques including:
  • Reading and note-taking
  • Individual research e.g. interviews, questionnaires, observations
  • Debate and discussion
  • Presentations
  • Flipped classroom and “teach it” activities


Skills you will need:

  • An interest in human beings; their thinking, behaviour and emotions.
  • An ability to learn and use key terms.
  • An ability to learn theories and research information.
  • An enquiring mind that can critically analyse information, research, theories and ideas.
  • A keen interest in using mathematical skills
  • An ability to write essays and be reflective on feedback

Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.


Psychology is assessed by end of year examinations which consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended (essay) questions. In class, you will be assessed through class tests, past paper questions, essays and quizzes.

Future opportunities

Psychology links to a range of careers that involve analytical thinking, an understanding of human behaviour and emotions and a range of critical thinking skills.

These include:

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and other mental health work
  • Nursing
  • Social Care
  • Teaching
  • Counselling
  • Sports psychology and coaching
  • Working with children
  • Police, Armed Forces, etc. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information


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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.