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Exam Board: AQA


Psychology is an incredibly engaging and interesting study of the human mind and behaviour. Across the course of the A level we will take you on a journey developing your understanding of the theory and research which has investigated the reasons for certain human behaviours. The examination of this topic will assess the student’s ability to:

  • - demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues
  • - analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods in relation to the specified Paper 1 content
  • - evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness
  • - demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills
  • - design and carry out research
  • - conduct research express their research findings
  • - analyse and interpreting data.

In carrying out practical research activities, students will manage associated risks and use information and communication technology (ICT).


Knowledge, understanding and evaluation will be assessed through three exams at the end of the two year course. There will be continual assessment throughout the course in order to assess progress and prepare students for the exam.

Year 1 (AS) Topics and synopsis of the content



  • Social influence

An understanding of the reasons why people conform and obey

  • Memory

An understanding of the theories and research into the role of memory

  • Attachment

An understanding of the role and nature of human attachments to

  • Psychopathology

An understanding of the nature and characteristics of abnormality and mental disorders

  • Approaches in Psychology

An understanding of the various approaches in our understanding of mind and behaviour

  • Biopsychology

An understanding of the impact of stress and the human body’s response to stress


Year 2 Topics and synopsis of the content



  • Research methods

An understanding of the primary methods used by psychologists to investigate mind and behaviour

  • Issues and debates in psychology

An understanding of the main issues and debates which exist across the study of mind and behaviour

  • Relationships

An understanding of the theories and research into human relationships

  • Schizophrenia

An understanding of the characteristics of and treatments for schizophrenia

  • Addiction

An understanding of the various approaches to explain addiction and potential treatments for addictive behaviour


Complementary Subjects to study at AS

Sociology, English, Business, Health and Social Care

Career Pathways

By studying Health and Social Care at AS you are opening a diverse range of career and further education opportunities these include:

  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Management
  • Marketing

Further Information

We welcome prospective students to come and visit the Department. We can be found in Delhurst:

Mr Nicholds – room 69

Ms Khanum – Hut 7

Ms Hedderley – Hut 4

Ms Brown – room 65

Alternatively send us an e-mail:

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