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Psychology AS/A level (AQA) at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy

Course description

Psychology is a vast and interesting subject and is defined as “the scientific study of animal and human behaviour and mental processes”. The AQA specification studied at Abbey Grange covers the core approaches to Psychology and the research methods used by psychologists as well as more applied and modern topics such as Psychopathology and Attachment

Course content

In Year 12 you will study the; core approaches in Psychology, Research Methods, and Psychopathology (abnormality) examining issues such as explanations for depression and phobias, Social Influence (Obedience and Conformity), Memory and Attachment. Those wishing to achieve AS level but not continue to A2 have the option of sitting two one and a half hour exams in the summer following year 12 to achieve the qualification. 

At A2 level you will build on the work already done in year 12 by examining in more detail the Key Approaches to Psychology, Debates in Psychology, Statistics and Research Methods. In addition you will study Gender Development, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.

Entry requirements

All students applying for Advanced level courses at Abbey Grange C of E Academy should meet the following entry requirements. To study 4 subjects a student should have at least 7 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, with a minimum of grade 5 or above in their chosen subjects. To study 3 subjects a student should have at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, with a grade 5 or above in their chosen subjects.

In addition, all students should have grade 4 in English Language, Maths and a science with at least a grade 5 in one of them. 


All assessment is through examination with some short answer questions as well as extended writing.

At A2 there will be three examinations (2 hours each) which will assess the knowledge and skills learned across the two years of A Level.

Future opportunities

Students can use Psychology along with a variety of other subjects to pursue a wide range of careers or university courses. Courses chosen by past students include Psychology, Medicine, Chemistry, Biology, Nursing, English and Law. Psychology A Level is useful in many occupations such as Social Work, Nursing, Teaching, the Police etc.

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: 12 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS in Year 12, A2 in Year 13