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Psychology, AQA at Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre

Course description

Psychology is a fascinating study of the mind and behaviour and attempts to explain why we do the things we do. 
You will get the opportunity to study the core areas of Psychology, as well as having the option to specialise in topics such as mental illness and criminology. You will get to experience what it is like to be a research psychologist; planning and carrying out practical investigations into areas such as memory and social influence.

Course content

Year 12
 Social Influence – explaining why we are influenced by and obey other people
 Memory – why do we remember and forget
 Attachment – how relationships are formed between infants and caregivers and the consequences if things go wrong
 Psychopathology – the study of phobias, depression and OCD
 Approaches – how we can explain human behaviour using different approaches
 Research Methods – how we conduct research in Psychology
Year 13
 One topic from Relationships/Gender/Cognitive Development
 One topic from Schizophrenia/Eating Behaviour/Stress
 One topic from Aggression/Forensic Psychology/Addiction
 Biopsychology - how biology can help our understanding of behaviour
 Issues and Debates - looking at where Psychology fits in various debates such as nature/nurture

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post 16 Centre five passes or more GCSE passes at grade C or above and a minimum of a C grade in both English Language and Mathematics.  All students will also need a B Grade GCSE in any subject they are wanting to study at A Level. 

Students wishing to study A level Psychology need a good foundation in English for extended writing (minimum Grade B at GCSE). 10% of the course involves application and analysis of mathematical data so students are required to have a B grade at GCSE in this subject. 


Assessment will be both internal (within school) and external (exam board).

Assessments will be used to provide you with information about the level at which you are working and give you feedback about what you are doing well and how you could improve.



Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you.

Further information

Mrs J Farrell (Subject learning leader) e-mail



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year, A Level 2 years