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Psychology AS/A2 Level at Kirkby College

Course description

Psychology gives insight into the why humans act the way we do, beyond Biology and Chemistry. Psychology involves extended writing and mathematical problems such as averages and statistical tests, giving you practice and continued development in English and Maths. You will learn how to plan revision and research effectively, giving you transferable skills to other subjects and careers. You will also gain practice on how to analyse, evaluate and carry out research.

Psychology also gives you the ability to critique theories and ideas, looking beyond what is presented to you and considering what else could be involved. You will experience learning and working independently, a key skill at university and beyond. Communication skills will also be gained, this is essential in verbal and written work. The ability to communicate your knowledge and analysis of theories in a professional way is key to success in Psychology.

Course content

Unit 1:Introductory topics in Psychology

Social Influence- obedience, defiance, conformity

Attachment- theories of attachment, deprivation, privation

Memory- models of memory, theories of forgetting

Psychopathology- phobias, depression, OCD ,explanations and treatment


Unit 2: Psychology in Context

Approaches- the six main approaches in psychology

Biopsychology- the links between biology and psychology

Research Methods- how psychologists carry out research


Unit 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Issues and Debates in Psychology- What divides psychologists?

Gender- gender development, disorders, explanations

Schizophrenia- symptoms, theories, treatment

Aggression- explanations, institutional aggression, media influences


  • 2 exams at the end of Year 12.
  • 3 exams at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

The Psychology A Level will open the door for further study at degree level, a range of vocational courses and employment in many different areas. The opportunities in the job market are varied and wide ranging. You could choose to specialise in educational psychology, forensic psychology, sports psychology or counselling.

Further study can lead to work in teaching and the skills developed on the course can be transferred to gain employment in healthcare, law and the media. At university level you can expect to gain access to courses like social science, criminology, health studies or further study in psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kirkby College directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September