Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Psychology

Course Overview

  • Psychology is the science of the mind including conscious and unconscious phenomena. Psychology develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace.
  • You will develop knowledge and understanding about the brain and neuroscience and the psychological approaches that explain human behaviour and topics which are contemporary issues and debates in psychology.

    Qualification Details

    • Qualification: Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Psychology
    • Exam Board: AQA


    Course Teacher Profile

    Miss P. West

    Miss P. West


    Miss West is the Curriculum Team Lead for Art in the Amethyst Sixth Form

    Course Requirements

    To enrol for the A Level Psychology course you must have the following…

    • Maths Grade 6
    • English Grade 5
    • Science Grade 6

    Year 1 Summary

    In your first AS year you will learn the following topics;

    • Social influence
    • Memory
    • Attachment
    • Psychopathology
    • Approaches including Biopsychology and Research methods.

    You will be assessed by examinations each half term and in May of the first year will sit your AS exams in psychology: two exam papers lasting 1 hour 30 minutes each.

    The exams are a mixture of short focused questions and longer essay questions worth 12marks (AS).

    Year 2 Summary

    In your second year we ‘top up’ to A-level content in Research Methods (it becomes double the marks!), Biopsychology and Approaches. As well as learning new topics which include Issues and Debates, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression.

    At the end of the course in Year 13 you will take three A level papers, 2 hours each which will give your final grade for psychology. The exams are a mixture of short focused questions and longer essay questions worth 16 marks (A-level).

     There are three assessment objectives tested in the exams:

    A01: Knowledge & Understanding, A02: Application & Analysis, A03: Evaluation.

    Careers and Next Steps

    • A Level Psychology lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Psychology and related subjects in higher education.
    • Psychology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career as a forensic psychologist, counselling psychologist, clinical psychologist, further education teacher.
    • Psychology is also useful in a number of other careers, including; childhood studies, Media Studies, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Sports Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech Therapy etc.

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