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Psychology A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

Psychology is the study of the human mind, its complex processes and the behaviour that you see around you every day. Have you ever wondered why we forget things that we have spent so long trying to remember? What kinds of behaviour are abnormal and why they occur? How we can successfully manage our stress level? Why we are attracted to some people, but not others? Why we are obedient to figures of authority? What effects violence in the media is having on children and their aggression levels?

Studying Psychology will provide you with ways in which these questions, have been researched. If you have a naturally enquiring mind and you are interested in the human brain and behaviour, then Psychology could be the right choice for you.

Course content

See above and Assessment.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade A*- C or their equivalent and an interest in this subject. It is strongly recommended that students have a grade C or above in English Language and a grade C or above in Mathematics.


Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology  Social Influence  Memory  Attachment  Psychopathology 

Paper 2: Psychology in Context  Approaches in Psychology  Biopsychology  Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology  Issues and Debates in Psychology  Relationships, Gender, Cognition and Development  Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour and Stress  Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction

Future opportunities

Psychologists are probably best known for their work in the health, forensic and education services, but Psychology graduates can be found in almost any area of life. The British Psychologist Society covers areas in which you can register as a Chartered Psychologist with the society.

A number of our students go on and study Psychology at university but there are also a wide range of courses chosen for which Psychology has been particularly beneficial: Law, Forensic Psychology, Social Policy, Teacher Training, Politics, Social and Community Studies, Geography and Criminology.

All university courses will appreciate the skills that studying Psychology develop in a student.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years