A Level Psychology

“The course involves studying two modules within which there are choices of topic.”


A Level

Awarding Body


Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Mr Ord

Years taught

Year 12 and Year 13

What is the course structure?

AS Level: The course involves two compulsory modules.


A2 Level: The course involves studying two modules within which there are choices of topic.

What will I study?

AS Level: Unit 1

  • Cognitive Psychology – Memory, Eyewitness Testimony

  • Developmental Psychology – Attachment, Day Care

  • Research Methods – Investigation Design, Data Analysis and Presentation


AS Level: Unit 2


  • Biological Psychology – Stress

  • Social Psychology – Conformity, Obedience, Social Influence in Everyday Life

  • Individual Differences – Psychopathology, Explaining Abnormality, Treating Abnormality


A2 Level: Unit 3

Learners will study Human Relationships, Aggression and Gender Development. The aim is to develop knowledge, understanding and the skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to relevant theories and studies in each of the three topics studied.

A2 Level: Unit 4

A: Psychopathology

Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of Schizophrenia. Learners will be expected to apply knowledge and understanding of models, classification and diagnosis to this disorder.

B: Psychology in Action

Learners develop knowledge, understanding and critical thinking in relation to media psychology. They also study Psychological Research & Scientific Method.

C: Psychological Research & Scientific Method

How is the course assessed?

AS Level: Two exams both are 1 hour and 30 minutes.

A2 Level: Unit 3 has three essay-style questions and is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Unit 4 has a choice of questions and is 2 hours long.

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