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Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. If you are fascinated by people and the way the mind works this course will inspire you to question everything you experience. Psychology may satisfy your scientific and enquiring mind, leading you to apply your knowledge outside the classroom. In addition to learning about a wide range of engaging subjects you will also develop your analytical, evaluative and independent research skills.

Exam Board:

AQA (7182)

Course Details:

A–level subject content:

  • Introductory topics in psychology
  • Psychology in context
  • Issues and options in psychology

A-level: 3 exam papers. 2 hours per paper
Maximum mark for each exam is 96 marks

Compulsory content:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates

Plus one topic from each option below:

Option 1

  • Relationships, gender, cognition and development

Option 2

  • Schizophrenia, eating behaviour, stress

Option 3

  • Aggression, forensic psychology, addiction

Where next with this course?

This course will prepare you for understanding people’s behaviour; which means that what you learn will be useful in any profession. Due to the analytical skills developed throughout this course it is held in high esteem by universities. Careers that are particularly linked to the study of psychology are: counselling, forensic psychology, teaching, nursing, childcare and social work.  

There is a biological module within this course, and your GCSE maths skills will also be required throughout each exam paper.

Further information regarding the specification may be found at:


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