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Psychology A Level at The Billericay School

Course description

Psychology gives students the opportunity to investigate the intricate workings of the human mind and behaviour. You will have direct experience of what psychologists do when investigating human behaviour by participating in experimental work and research. You will also be able to apply psychological knowledge to understand your own behaviour.

Course content

First year Unit 1:
Cognitive, Social Influence and
This unit covers causes of obedience and conformity. It also covers topics such as memory and forgetting. Students carry out practical tasks related to topics studied, including an analysis of results.

First year Unit 2:
Psychopathology, Research Methods and Approaches
This unit covers mental disorders, including the influence of the brain on our behaviour. The unit also includes theories of personality development and statistical analysis of studies.
Second year units
Applications of Psychology
This unit covers forensic psychology and relationships, as well as an additional topic of study.

Psychological Skills
There is also a psychological skills paper. This requires students to apply knowledge from both year 12 and year 13.


Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in mathematics, grade C in additional science. GCSE grade 5/6 in English language and/or literature.


There will be three examinations at A Level.

Future opportunities

Psychology as a subject is relevant to all careers, but is specifically useful for careers such as business management, personnel clinical psychology, criminal psychology, neuroscience biology and social studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 January 2017
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      • A highly qualified and experienced staff that have a proven track record of working successfully at A level.
      • Excellent study facilities and subject resources (including state of the art media and music facilities).
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      • An exceptional curriculum enrichment programme.
      • Access to the school’s sport and gym facilities.
      • Outstanding guidance and support for university, employment or training.