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Psychology A Level at Archbishop Blanch C of E High School

Course description


  • Biopsychology
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Social Influence
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Issues and Debates in Psychology


Continuation of topics in Year 1, with Higher Level Statistics Options in Psychology:

  • Relationships/Gender/Cognition in development
  • Schizophrenia/Eating Behaviour/Stress
  • Aggression/Forensic Psychology/Addiction

Course content

Psychology is a research based science subject. It is the systematic study of human behaviour and thinking. It is linked in many areas to human biology and human evolution. It is suitable for students who have a scientific and enquiring mind, as well as good mathematical skills.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or above in Mathematics
  • Grade B or above in science (Preferably additional science or Biology)
  • Grade B or above in English Language


Students will study Psychological theory and the research behind these theories. Many of which are new and expanding. Students will be required to carry out research based tasks, to locate research data, as well as understand, analyse, and calculate statistical data. (one exam will require the use of a calculator) Class discussion and debate is also present. You will be required to write essays in a logical and analytical way.

  • Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology - Written exam: 2 hours 33.3% of A-level
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context - Written exam: 2 hours 33.3% of A-level
  • Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology- Written exam: 2 hours 33.3% of A-level

Future opportunities

Past students have gone on to study various degrees such as Accountancy, English Literature, Law, Psychology, Biological Science, Mathematics, Languages, History, Forensic Science etc. Many at Russell Group universities, such as the universities of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Kings College London. Psychology is an acceptable third A level with Chemistry and Biology for Medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Blanch C of E High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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