St. Mary's


Is this course for me?

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. If you’re interested in learning about different types of behaviour and the explanations for these behaviours, Psychology might be for you. It helps us to understand why people behave the way they do and how the brain works.

A – Level Psychology is designed to give you a basic introduction into the science of Psychology and focuses on using scientific knowledge to help explain the world around us. Within the course you will get the opportunity to look at the five main areas of modern psychology and carry out your own practical investigations based around these areas.

Areas of Study

100% examination

The same subjects form Year One of the A Level and will be sat at the end of Year 13, assessed through three written papers.

The course covers the five areas of human psychology: Cognitive, biological, developmental and social psychology plus individual differences. By applying the knowledge gained from these key areas you will be able to answer such questions as ‘Are we born male or do we become male?’, ‘Why do we obey some teachers and ignore others?’, ‘Why do some people have an irrational fear of cotton wool?’, ‘Is there a criminal gene?’

Future Opportunities

You would be encouraged to study Psychology further at University and this could lead into future careers such as: Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Counselling, Police/Nursing/Teaching, Social Worker.

Exam Board: AQA