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Psychology

The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain; an unseen process of neurochemicals and electric currents. So why is it that some people suffer from stress or mental illness? Or that others are considered abnormal for going against social norms? Psychology looks at questions such as these and more.

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes in individuals, based on research and experiments. It’s a fascinating science with cutting-edge theories that have extensive real-world applications.

Psychology explores how we understand and interact with the world. The course covers a vast range of areas, behaviours and mental processes, with students learning a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved verbal and written communication, problem solving and many more.

As Psychology students, we encourage you to be curious, to research, analyse, critique, and to view humans and the world in different ways. If you want to learn about yourself, the world and other people, then Psychology may be the course for you.

Key Exam Information

  • We follow the AQA A-Level specification.
  • You will have 3 exams at the end of Year 13. Each exam is 2 hours and worth 33% of your A-Level mark.
  • The course is assessed 100% through exams – there is no coursework.
  • The types of exam questions range from multiple choice to essays/extended writing.

What you will study

Exam Paper 1

Exam Paper 2

Exam Paper 3

Modules

Studied in…

Modules

Studied in…

Modules

Studied in…

Social Influence

Year 13

Approaches in Psychology

Year 12

Issues and Debates in Psychology

Year 12

Memory

Year 12

Biopsychology

Year 13

Topic 1 eg

Relationships

Year 12

Attachment

Year 13

Research Methods

Year 12

Topic 2 eg Eating Behaviour

Year 13

Psychopathology

Year 12

 

Topic 3 eg Forensics

Year 13

A-Level Specification

Brief specification with exam information à https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182/specification-at-a-glance

Detailed specification for each module à https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182/subject-content-a-level

Specimen Exam Papers

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182/assessment-resources  

Painting: ‘St. Paul’s Psychologist’ by Lila Craddock 8U
Painting: ‘St. Paul’s Psychologist’ by Lila Craddock 8U