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Psychology A Level at Samuel Ryder Academy

Course description

Psychology explores how we make sense of the world and how we behave in it. It’s about how we see, hear and touch, think, remember and concentrate, interact with others and how we develop and maintain our identities. The course is designed to challenge and excite students and to encourage further study in this field. Students will review a wide range of theoretical research topics looking at individuals and what makes them tick, how they make decisions and how they interact (thinking, feeling and doing). Over the course students will develop their analytical skills and consequently develop a healthy scepticism of the information they come across whilst retaining a sense of wonder for the world around them.


Unit G541: Psychological Investigations

Candidates will understand four techniques for collecting/ analysing data. These are: Self-report; experiment (repeated measures and independent measures, matched subjects design); observation; correlation.

Unit G542: Core Studies

Fifteen core studies; three studies from each of the five approaches: social, cognitive, physiological, developmental and individual differences. Students will look at the Issues, debates, perspectives and methods arising from the studies.


Unit G543: Options in Applied Psychology

This unit includes four options, from which you choose two.  Forensic psychology; Health and clinical psychology; Psychology of sport and exercise; Psychology of education.

Unit G544: Approaches and Research Methods in Psychology

Research methodology, you are required to design a practical project and structured synoptic questions on approaches, perspectives, methods, issues and debates.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE grades at A*- C. Grade B for GCSE English Language and C for Mathematics.

Candidates are also invited to attend an interview. On the basis of their interviews and in the case of external applications, a report from their current school is also required. An offer of a conditional place may then be made but the offer remains provisional until the students’ results are known.

Good written skills, an enquiring mind and the motivation to do your best.  It is an academic course that you will find interesting, enjoyable and challenging.

To continue onto the A2 course a D grade or above at AS is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Ryder Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years