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Psychology A level at Coombeshead Academy

Course description

Psychology is the science of behaviour and experience, based on what we learn about
these through the scientific process.
Taking Psychology at A Level consists of three skills:-
- AO1 describing what you know
- AO2 applying your knowledge
- AO3 analysing/evaluating your knowledge.
Much of the students’ learning is done in class but they are encouraged and expected
to apply what they know to real life, including the completion of their own research.

Course content

At AS Level key topics include:-
- Social Influence
- Memory
- Attachment
- Approaches in Psychology
- Psychopathology
- Research methods
At A Level additional topics include:-
- Biopsychology
- Additional research methods
- Issues and debates in Psychology
One of Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development
One of Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress
One of Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction

Entry requirements

Minimum grade B or higher in Maths and Sciences at GCSE, plus a genuine interest in people


At AS Level there are two examinations.
Each paper is 11/2 hours and 72 marks in total both worth 50% of the final AS grade.
Each topic is worth 24 marks. All questions are compulsory.
AS examinations are taken at the end of Year 12 but will not count towards the A Level.
All three A Level papers are taken at the end of the final year of study.
At A Level there are three examinations.
Each paper is 2 hours and 96 marks in total both worth 33.3% of the final A Level mark.
Each section is worth 24 marks except Research Methods which is worth 48 marks. All
questions are compulsory.
A minimum of 25% of the overall assessment assesses skills in relation to research
A minimum of 10% of the overall assessment assesses mathematical skills.

Future opportunities

Psychology is an excellent subject for anyone considering a career that involves
interacting with people, from Teaching to Law, the Armed Forces to Medicine.
Psychology combines well with Sciences and Humanities as it contains elements of both these disciplines.
There are hundreds of Psychology degree courses available, many of which enable
students to specialise in a field of particular interest, e.g. Clinical, Forensic, Child or Sport Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombeshead Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years