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Psychology is a fascinating science concerned with the study of the mind and behaviour.  It has links with biological, computer and forensic sciences, as well as with the humanities such as sociology, philosophy and literature.  The common factor linking people who study psychology is curiosity and the search for knowledge.

There are a number of reasons why students want to study psychology:

  • Psychology is exciting.
  • Psychology is challenging.
  • Psychology is useful.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in any GCSE Science, Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and Grades 5 and 6 in GCSE English Language and Literature(either way around).

Future opportunities

Psychology has a broad range of real world applications in everyday life, ranging from stress, health, mental illness, artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction, to personal development, social interaction and the environment, to name but a few.

Psychology offers good career prospects. There are a large number of careers in psychology these include: psycho-biologists, child psychologists, industrial, cognitive, and social psychologists - and that is just the tip of a very large iceberg! But the skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research. Therefore the jobs they get are many and varied. They range from health and social welfare occupations, such as Care Assistant and Assistant Psychologist, to commercial, professional and managerial jobs, such as Chartered Accountant and Marketing Manager.  Graduates have also entered administration, information work, sales, teaching and the media.

There are many careers that you can go into following a degree in psychology!

Course Content & Assessment

Course content

The A Level course covers a range of approaches to Psychology and explores the research methods used by psychologists. 10% of questions will require mathematical knowledge and the ability to apply it. You will study the following topics:

Paper 1: Memory, Attachment, Social Influence, Psychopathology

Paper 2: Biopsychology, Approaches, Research Methods

Paper 3: Relationships, Schizophrenia, Aggression, Issues and Debates


The whole course will be assessed in THREE exams, each lasting 2 hours:

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (taught Year. 12) - Memory - Social Influence - Attachment - Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in context (taught Year 12 and 13) - Approaches in psychology - Biopsychology - Research methods

Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology (taught Year 13) - Issues and debates in psychology - Relationship - Schizophrenia - Aggression


The Psychology department offers students ample opportunity to extend their subject learning and to enthuse and inspire the students in the broader significance of this subject.  The year 12 students have an annual trip to London for the fascinating ‘Psychology in Action: The Power of the Mind’ conference. In year 13 we likewise aim to to enrich the curriculum with a visit, last year attending a brilliant Criminology and FBI Forensics conference and this year attending an event at the University of Cambridge.  The Department also endeavours to run applied psychology and careers related talks in school, by professional psychologists


Subject Leader Miss A Esland          


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