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Psychology A level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

Psychology is the study of human behavior. Psychologists believe that every human action, interaction and reaction can be explained through a Psychological perspective. Small actions, such as smoking, through to large actions, such as riots, are all areas of interest for Psychologists. Through investigations, experiments, observations and analysis Psychologists aim to explain human behaviour.

Course content

The AQA syllabus for Psychology at AS consists of 6 compulsory units;

·         Social influence

·         Memory

·         Attachment

·         Psychopathology

·         Approaches in Psychology

·         Research Methods


The A Level consists of 8 compulsory units, the 6 from AS, plus;

·         Biopsychology

·         Issues and debates in Psychology

Furthermore, students will study 3 options, selected from 9 possible choices (although, only 1 option per group can be studied). These include;

·         Option 1 – Relationships, Gender, or Cognitive Development

·         Option 2 – Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress

·         Option 3 – Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction

All students will need to complete the same option within each category. However, which option is studied will be chosen by the students via demographic means

Entry requirements

To take AS Psychology, students are normally required to have a GCSE grade B in both mathematics and English. No previous knowledge of Psychology is needed. 


Both AS and A Level Psychology are assessed via 100% written exam.

Students completing the AS qualification will sit 2 papers at the end of Year 12, both worth 50%.

Student who complete the A Level qualification will sit 3 papers at the end of Year 13, all with equal weighting.

Both the AS and A Level papers will consist of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing.

Future opportunities

Popular career routes include: education, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, occupational psychologist, forensic psychologist, human resources, marketing, management, counselling and social work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.