Psychology A level

This course will suit you if you have an interest in human behaviour and the motives behind our behaviour, are literate and articulate and are prepared to ask questions and contribute to discussions. You need to have a critical, enquiring mind, accept that human behaviour can be studied scientifically and believe that an understanding of human psychology can be put into practice to help improve the lives of individuals and groups in society.

Examination Board & Specification: Advanced Level GCE Edexcel 9PS0

Assessment method: 100% examination.
Mixed question types, including stimulus and data response, short-answer and extended response questions.

Overview of Course
In the first year, you will study four approaches (Social, Cognitive, Biological and Learning) to gain a foundation in psychology. During the second year, you will be able to develop your understanding through selection of a choice of applications including Child and Clinical Psychology.

You need to develop a holistic understanding of Psychology, from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of clinical issues, major debates, scientific elements and genetics to research materials and statistics. This will form the foundations for Paper 3 (A Level), which focuses on issues, debates and skills in Psychology.

Year 12 and 13

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
Autumn
Year 1
Introduction to A level Psychology
Social/Cognitive/learning and Biological
Spring
Year 1
Social/Cognitive/learning and Biological.
Summer
Year 1
Clinical psychology and child psychology
Autumn
Year 2
Clinical psychology and child psychology
Spring
Year 2
Revision and
Exams all papers
Summer
Year 2
Exams – all papers

Subject Related Career Destinations
Health, Education, Medicine, Clinical Psychiatry, Journalism, Health, Law, Social Work, the Police Force, Psychiatry, Business

Destinations of Students
Durham University: Psychology and Forensic Science
Edinburgh University: Psychology and Philosophy
Keele University: Criminology
Cardiff University: Dentistry