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Psychology AS & A Level at Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School

Course description

Psychology will interest students who have a curiosity about how human beings behave and interact with one another and the influences which make each person unique. It is the scientific study of the human mind and human behaviour and its aim is to understand and predict behaviour to improve the quality of life for everyone. Studying Psychology will develop a range of academic skills including communication, problem solving, literacy, numeracy, organisation and research skills.

Course content

A level Psychology is a two year course, although students can sit an AS examinaƟon in May of the first year of the course.

Topics studied in Year 1: (AS)
Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology (Phobias, Depression, OCD) and Research Methods. Students will also examine the main approaches used by psychologists in the attempt to explain human experience and behaviour.

Topics studied in Year 2: (A2)
The scientific basis of Psychology, Data Handling and analysis, Issues and Debates in Psychology, Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.

Entry requirements

You must have a GCSE grade B in Science, Mathematics and English.


The examinations consist of a combination of multiple choice, short answer questions, questions with scenarios requiring students to apply their knowledge of the topic to the scenario and extended writing (essay‐style) questions. The A level course is examined in its entirety at the end of the second year of study (if students sit the AS examination and continue to sit the A level examination, their marks for the AS do not count and the A level is a terminally examined course). In addition to the examinations, student progress is assessed regularly throughout the course to monitor progress.

Future opportunities

You can use your A level as entry to a degree. From there you can use your degree in any of the following areas:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Teaching

Further information

For further information, please contact Ms L Sherry ‐ Teacher of Psychology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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