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Psychology A Level at Lawnswood School

Course description

Psychology AQA Specification A provides an introduction to the scientific study of the brain and behaviour. Students explore theories / explanations of common behaviours that affect all of us e.g. how memory works, the importance of early experience, stress and mental health.

Students look at gender and aggression as well as schizophrenia. Research Methods is a common theme throughout the course. The course allows students the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and understanding of psychological approaches and methods, applying a range of skills including discussion and analysis of the validity of theories and research evidence.

Course content

Pupils develop knowledge of key psychological and behavioural processes. Students will be encouraged to improve their own understanding by applying what they are studying to their own experience as human beings.

Subject content areas in year 1 include:

Social Influence


Attachments (Early Social Relationships),

Approaches in Psychology (including biopsychology)

Psychopathology (Abnormality),

Research methods

In year 2 candidates will continue to focus on key topics within the subject but they should demonstrate a wider range of in depth knowledge and understanding and use highly developed skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Subject content areas include:





Issues and debates in psychology

Research methods

Entry requirements

To study Psychology at A level you will need grade 5+ in GCSE English and 6+ in Mathematics and Science


Psychology GCE is assessed through 3 written papers. It is a linear course, assesed at the end of year 13. We offer the AQA specification.

Financial information

Students are encouraged to purchase one main course textbook  and the school will provide an additional textbook for a small deposit.

They are expected to provide their own stationery

Future opportunities

Psychology is a well-respected academic discipline which promotes progression to higher education/ careers. Previous students have gone into careers in clinical psychology, counselling, teaching, international development, law, politics and a wide range of degree subjects, including mathematics, law, criminology, sports science, social policy and many others.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 October 2017
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