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“Studying Psychology has given me a great insight into a whole range of human behaviours, ranging from why people obey to why people may suffer from depression. I have particularly enjoyed applying the knowledge I have learnt to different scenarios, and the examination techniques we are taught has made me confident in my ability in the subject” - Kiara, Year 12

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Why study Psychology?
Psychology is the study of people: how they think, act, react and interact. It is an interesting,
challenging and very useful subject, which helps students develop a wide range of skills such as
research, analysis and evaluation. Psychology is a popular subject because it has a large impact on
all areas of life; particularly in areas such as education, health, the economy, industry and crime. If
you are interested in finding out why people behave the way they do or how the brain works then
Psychology could be the subject for you.

Extra-curricular aspects of the course
We are highly exam focused throughout the course, and therefore we take advantage of external
revision seminars in both Year 12 and Year 13 in order to consolidate our understanding and
maximise our opportunities of success.

Entry Requirements
A grade 6 in GCSE English Language or Literature, Mathematics and Science is required.

Higher Education and Careers
Psychology is a skills-based course, which helps to develop analytical, critical and evaluative skills
along with the ability to present a logical and well-balanced argument. It is welcomed by many
university faculties and provides the perfect skills base for a range of careers including: law,
teaching, psychotherapy, child psychology, politics, social work, clinical and educational psychology
and many science courses.

Equipment required for the course
Students need to be equipped with adequate stationary for their studies such as folders, paper, pens and revision materials.


Exam Exam Topic Weighting
Paper 1 Introductory topics in
Psychology (2 hour exam)
33.3% of A Level
Paper 2 Psychology in Context      (2 hour exam) 33.3% of A Level
Paper 3 Issues and Options in
Psychology (2 hour exam)
33.3% of A Level

For more information on this course please contact 

 Ms N Burton