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Psychology A Level at Kensington Aldridge Academy

Course description

Many students have little knowledge of what the study of Psychology actually involves. They often imagine it will enable them to know what others are thinking or ‘read’ other people minds. This is definitely not the case!

In fact, Psychology has close links with Science subjects and uses empirical research to make inferences and draw conclusions about the reasons behind aspects of human behaviour. This research is ongoing – what we know about human behaviour is constantly being evaluated and challenged so there are no simple answers or facts in Psychology.

Course content

Year One (AS)

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology – includes memory and eye-witness testimony

Developmental Psychology – includes social development, attachment and the effects of day-care.

Research methods – understanding how psychologists study human behaviour.


Unit 2: Biological psychology – includes stress, factors affecting stress and how to manage stress.

Social Psychology - includes conformity, obedience and independent behaviour.

Individual differences – includes definitions of abnormality, approaches and therapies.


Year Two (A2)

Unit 3: Topics in Psychology

This includes research into biological rhythms and sleep, relationships and aggression.

Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

Entry requirements

6 A*-C grades plus a grade 5 or above in both English (Lit and / or Lang) and Maths, with a B grade or above in the four AS subjects you wish to study (or closest equivalent)

Future opportunities

Psychology prepares students for further study of Psychology, Law, Medicine, Social Sciences and Humanities. It is relevant to a variety of careers in the legal profession, social work, marketing, clinical psychology, business, medicine and personnel.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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