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Psychology A level at Kings Langley School

Course description

It is concerned with understanding the experience and behaviour of humans and what makes people 'tick'. Psychologists also study non-human behaviour. It addresses questions such as: How can we improve our memory? Why are girls achieving higher average grades at GCSE than boys? Does watching violent films on TV affect levels of aggression? Why people behave the way they do? What determines who you're attracted to? Why do some people fear snakes yet few think they are cuddly? Why do we have particular types of dreams? These are just a few examples of the vast number of interesting issues that psychologists are interested in.

Course content

Compulsory content

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in psychology

Optional Content

  • Option 1: Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development
  • Option 2: Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress
  • Option 3: Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction

Entry requirements

English GCSE at least at Grade B. Mathematics and Science GCSEs at least at Grade C.



Assessment is by written examinations with no coursework. Students have to apply research methods in their work and be able to collect and analyse data statistically.

Future opportunities

The choice is endless! Psychology is useful in advertising, computer programming, sports, criminal justice system, police service, organisational psychology, psychotherapy, recruitment agency, child minding, child care, social work, youth work, NHS (clinical psychology, nursing, occupational psychology, health psychology), education (educational psychologist, teaching, counsellor, etc).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years