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A Level

Two Years


GCSE Grade 5 or above in Maths, English and Biology with an average points score of 5 or above.


This course is assessed by exams.

About this course

This course is ideal for learners who wish to learn more about human behaviour and the science of the mind.

The course covers how individual behaviour can be influenced by a range of different factors and how different factors interact to explain human behaviour. In Year 1, learners will cover a broad range of topics in Psychology such as Cognitive, Developmental and Psychpathology whilst in Year 2, learners get to look in depth at topics such as Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.

You could complement your studies with additional activities including work experience or our Debating  society, Sign Language or Preparing for Medicine by completing a MOOC.

JLC A Level Psychology students in a Psychology class, engaged in learning


Stephanie Preen

Who is this aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Like science and are open-minded and interested in the world around them 

  • Have an analytic mind and want to understand the reasons for behaviour using a scientific approach 

  • Aim to work in practically any career where other people are involved 

  • Are prepared to look beneath the surface of any claim/debate 

  • Are willing to read ahead in preparation for class activities and work to weekly deadlines 

  • Wish to progress in employment areas such as Teaching, Social Work, Counselling, Police or Medicine

What will you learn?

  • Social Influence: This approach will include types of conformity, explanations for obedience, resistance to social influence and the role of social influence on social change.

  • Memory: This is part of Cognitive psychology. Cognitive psychologists are concerned with the internal processes of the mind of which memory is one. Learners will have the opportunity to take part in numerous memory experiments and tests in order to develop understanding of types and functions of memory. This will include explanations for forgetting and factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.

  • Attachment: Developmental psychology focuses on the behaviour of infants from birth through to adulthood. This includes caregiver and infant interactions, and explanations of attachment. Learners will have the opportunity to study key case studies of deprivation and the effects of institutionalisation.

  • Biopsychology: Topics include the division of the nervous system. The structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons and the process of synaptic transmission. Learners will also study the function of the endocrine system and the fight or flight response.

  • Psychopathology: This includes definitions of abnormality. Mental Health issues including phobias, depression and OCD, explained from different psychological perspectives.

  • Research Methods: Students will learn scientific processes and techniques of data handling and analysis.

  • Issues and debates: The nature/nurture debate

  • Gender: The role of gender and gender development

  • Schizophrenia: Classification, diagnosis and treatment

  • Forensic psychology: Defining crime, explaining criminal behaviour and dealing with offending behaviour

What skills will you develop?

  • Numeracy 

  • Analysis

  • Evaluation

  • Use of Google Suite 

  • Problem Solving 

  • Literacy 

  • Organisation 

  • Time management 

  • Meeting deadlines

  • Resilience

  • Practice 

  • Academic writing 

Professional development

  • Psychologist

  • Speech and Language Therapist

  • Counsellor

  • Social Work

  • Teaching

  • Criminal Justice System

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