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Psychology A Level at Carmel College, a Catholic Academy

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour.

Psychology is a very popular subject. The course will provide you with a solid foundation into the key topic areas as well as a range of skills that will be relevant to many different careers.

Course content

The AS Level is comprised of 2 examined units:

Introductory topics in psychology

  • Social Influence How do other people influence our behaviour?
  • Memory How does our memory work and why do we forget?
  • Attachment Why do we form strong bonds with our parents/ carers?

Psychology in context

  • Approaches in psychology This topic covers three key approaches to explaining behaviour: cognitive, behavioural and biological.
  • Psychopathology This topic focuses on OCD, depression and phobias in terms of what causes these psychopathologies and how they can be treated.
  • Research Methods This topic focuses on the methods used by psychologists to conduct their research, such as experiments and interviews. It also looks at the ways data is analysed. It will allow you to gain first-hand experience of conducting psychological research.

The A2 Level is comprised of 3 examined units:

Introductory topics in psychology

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Psychology in context

  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Issues and options in psychology

  • Is our behaviour determined or do we have free will? How does culture influence behaviour?
  • Relationships Why are we attracted to certain people over others
  • Schizophrenia What is it like living with schizophrenia? Is it passed on through genes?
  • Forensic psychology How do we define crime? How can we deal with offending behaviour?

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in English Language, Maths and Biology.

It is important to note that 25% of the course is mathematical. Additionally, since it is purely examination based a willingness to write essays is essential.


In lessons, students are required to work in groups, discuss psychological theories and share their ideas.

Future opportunities

A few possible careers include:

  • Counsellor
  • Teaching
  • Police
  • Social Work
  • Health Care
  • Management

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College, a Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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