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Psychology AS/A2 Level at Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Science College

Course description

Psychology is a broad subject with many different areas and approaches towards explaining behaviour. A common mistake is to confuse this subject with Psychiatry.

Psychologists, such as Sigmund Freud, are interested in psychological disorders and explaining behavior, whereas psychiatry is the practice of helping people with mental health issues.

Psychology has recently been reclassified as a science subject, and this is reflected in this new A Level curriculum including only a minor 10% of Maths and 25 – 30% Research Methods. It’s a rigorous, academic and challenging subject which practices critical thinking and evaluative skills.

Ultimately, your hard work is rewarded with a deeper understanding of people and society, and perhaps even yourself!

Course content

Unit 1 introduces you to social influence, memory and attachment. You will learn about group behavior, and why people conform and obey (or disobey). Topics such as how our brain processes information, how it can be stored in our short term and long term memory and eye witness testimonies will be covered. Social and emotional development of children will also be explored and how it could determine their future life.

Unit 2 highlights the main perspectives to understand foundations of Psychology. This module will also introduce study psychological disorders such as phobias and OCD. As a Psychology student, you will need to understand research methods, their practical application of how research is carried out and the different methodologies – rest assured that these will be covered.

Unit 3 explores controversial issues and ongoing debates in Psychology. Possible options to explore are: relationships, gender, schizophrenia, eating behavior, forensics and addiction.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s grades A – C, Preferably Grade B in English & Science ( However good universities ask for a B in Maths if you want to study it with them).


Exams are at the end of the 2 year A Level course

3 x 120 minute written exam papers in May/June



Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology

Paper 2: Psychology in Context


A2 (covers AS in addition to):

Paper 3: Psychology in Context

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman Catholic School A Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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Key information

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