A-Level Psychology

Head of Department: Mr A Young

Contact details: reception@archbishopholgates.org

A-Level Psychology

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. Essentially, Psychology is all about people. We are all amateur psychologists, every time we try and work out why someone acted the way they did or try to predict how someone might behave or react. Psychology tries to answer these questions by investigating them in a more scientific manner.

 “Until you make the unconscious, conscious it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” - Carl Jung

Entry requirements

Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE alongside a grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics. Students with either English and/or Mathematics at grade 4 or below will have individual meetings to determine the most suitable pathway within sixth form.



Course description

This is a 2 year A Level qualification. During the first year students will study:

  • Introductory topics in psychology: learning about conformity, social norms, how the mind remembers and forgets and how children form attachments
  • Psychology in context: learning more about the different approaches in psychology and how to design and conduct your own research.

In the second year of the A-level students will deepen their understanding of human behaviour.

  • They will study additional topics under Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods, Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.
  • Issues and debates in psychology: Students will learn more about psychological concepts, research methods and ethical issues whilst applying their topical knowledge to longstanding debates.

What this course leads onto

The majority of Psychology students obtain employment in areas ranging 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.

Exam board

  • AQA

Course code

  • A Level - 7182

Exam board website

Link to past papers


There is no coursework in Psychology

The qualification is examined via 3, 2 hour written papers, each account for one third of the A-level grade. The exams consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Ways to help my child succeed

  • The topics we cover in lessons relate to all our lives, so your child will be keen to discuss all things psychology related at great length! Pleases encourage this, spending time discussing and debating any issues or topics which come up.
  • They should have a strong understanding of current affairs and contemporary issues in the news, and consider the part Psychology plays within these stories. A PC or tablet device is also useful.
  • Encourage your child to seek out relevant academic journals on line (see websites below).

Useful websites




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