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Psychology A level at Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Course description

The two year Advanced Psychology course will assist students to develop an understanding of the different areas of psychological theory and research.

It provides opportunities to explore how psychology has contributed to an understanding of individual, social, and cultural diversity together with an awareness of how psychology researchers meet their ethical responsibilities. An enthusiastic and enquiring approach to the subject is required to appreciate its depth and breadth.

Course content

The first year of Advanced Subsidiary (A/S) consists of two modules. Module 1 focuses on cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and research methods. Topics studied will include memory, the development of attachments, and research methods used by psychologists in research. Module 2 focuses on biological psychology, social psychology and individual differences. Topics studied here will be stress, conformity and obedience, and abnormality.

In the second year students proceed to the A2 course which adds greater depth. Module 3 incorporates topics such as relationships, eating behaviour, sleep and cognition and development. Module 4 will consist of psychopathology, psychology in action and research methods which involves applying knowledge of psychology to areas such as addiction or media.

Psychology is a very popular and growth subject. It can be combined readily with a variety of subjects at A-Level. It gives important knowledge and insight into the thinking and behaviour of individuals as well as considering the psychological application of a variety of topics to many areas in society. It provides interesting and challenging perceptions into the nature of human beings and how they function both individually and socially.

Psychology opens the door to a whole range and variety of careers, after all, most of us work with other people and so surely it is an advantage to have an understanding of them!

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B or above in Science, with a particular preference for Biology.


The first year (A/S) is assessed in January and June. Each paper is made up of short answer questions and an extended essay question.

The second year (A2) is assessed in January and June. Each paper consists of extended essay questions and short answer questions for research methods.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years