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Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. This course will appeal to students with an interest in human behaviour.

Unit 1: Social and Cognitive Approaches

This unit covers the study of obedience, prejudice and discrimination, memory, forgetting.

Unit 2: Psychodynamic, Biology & Learning Approaches

This unit covers the work of Freud and his concept of personality and the role of the unconscious; the brain and CNS, gender; learning through classical and operant conditioning plus social learning theory.

Unit 3: Criminology & Child Psychology

This unit covers explanations for anti-social behaviour, eye-witness testimony, treatment/therapy for anti-social behaviour; development of attachment bonds, parental deprivation.

Unit 4: Clinical Psychology

This unit covers definitions of abnormality, explanations and treatments/therapies for mental health issues and two disorders in detail, such as schizophrenia, anorexia nervosa. 

This unit also looks at issues such as:

  • Is psychology a science?
  • Research methodology in psychology
  • Applications of knowledge


Four written exams, there is no coursework.


Please see page 26 for general entry requirements.

In addition, to study this subject you will need a grade B or above in either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English.


An A Level in psychology is a well-respected qualification which can support entry into a psychology degree, which is the required foundation for further study leading to careers in clinical psychology, educational psychology, occupational psychology or forensic psychology.

Psychology graduates also often pursue careers in personnel work, the health service, social work, advertising, counselling and the police and prison services. Combination degrees can also lead to a wide range of careers.

This A Level can also be used to support entry into medical/paramedical careers, social work, law, business or journalism for example.