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Psychology is one of the most popular A-level choices. One reason for this is that many people find the fundamental questions of Psychologists interesting: “Why do I behave like this?”, “Why do I feel like this?” and “Why do I think like this?”


In your first year you will begin by looking at Psychology: Past to Present. You will find out the many explanations of behaviour that Psychology offers, from the historic Psychodynamic Approach to the modern Biological Approach. This will include a range of therapies, such as Psychosurgery and contemporary debates, such as ‘Should mothers be the primary caregiver?’. After this you will begin to look at Psychology: Investigating behaviour, where you will learn and apply the crucial skills required to conduct valid and reliable Psychological research.

In the second year you will focus on Psychology: Implications in the real world, which looks at a range of topics from Forensic Psychology, to Schizophrenia. You will also consider various controversies, such as whether we have free will and whether Psychology is sexist.


You will have the opportunity to attend the Berlin trip, to make links between the syllabus and real behaviours. There are trips to the Psychology Student conference at MMU, as well as opportunities to attend talks from Forensic, Educational and Clinical Psychologists. You will also conduct your own psychological investigations.


You will sit three exams at the end of the two year course. Each exam is worth 33.33% of your overall A-level qualification. There is no coursework element to this subject.


Studying A-level Psychology opens many doors. It enables students to develop important skills in writing, analysis and evaluation. Additionally, students also consider key moral and ethical debates. It is valued as a rigorous academic subject by Universities and is also directly relevant to any career path which involves interaction with people. Examples of these are journalism, child care, the legal system, the police force, teaching, medicine, nursing, business or sports management and social work. Students may also decide to follow a career in a field of Psychology e.g. Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology.


To study an A-level programme you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English and Maths, and a grade 6 in Science.




This subject will take two years to complete. Please note that this is a linear subject, therefore you will take all examinations at the end of the second year.


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