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Psychology

Psychology is a fascinating area of study. It helps students understand human behaviour and mental processes, allowing you to better understand how we think, act and feel. 

Offered at A Level, our psychology course is designed to develop your knowledge of psychological approaches, theories, concepts, and methods, and really makes you consider how the science of psychology works. You’ll explore case studies, learning how to draw parallels between the findings. You will also be introduced to important issues and debates in contemporary psychological topics.

Meet the Team

Dan Gage - Head of Science

Sam Jones - Teacher of Psychology

Andrea Williams - Teacher of Psychology

Tom Marks - Teacher of Psychology

Why Study Psychology?

Firstly, it’s exciting & engaging, but more than that, it can lead to degree courses including psychology, pharmacy, and teaching, with possible career routes including specialist areas of psychology, such as forensic, occupational, and health.

Our Exam Board

AQA A level Psychology

Our Curriculum

Year 12

4.1 Introductory topics in Psychology

4.1.1 Social influence

4.1.2 Memory

4.1.3 Attachment

4.1.4 Psychopathology

 

4.2 Psychology in context

4.2.1 Approaches in Psychology

4.2.2 Biopsychology

4.2.3 Research methods

 

Year 13

4.3 Issues and options in Psychology

4.3.1 Issues and debates in Psychology

4.3.2 Relationships

4.3.5 Schizophrenia

  4.3.9 Forensic Psychology

 

There are three examinations:

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology - 96 marks, 2 hours 

Paper 2: Psychology in context - 96 marks, 2 hours 

Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology - 96 marks, 2 hours 

Our Curriculum Learning Pathway

Psychology Curriculum Pathway (PDF)

Useful Website Links

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182

https://www.psychboost.com/

https://www.simplypsychology.org/a-level-psychology.html

Useful Books

AQA Psychology for A level. Year 1 (2015) by Flanagan, C; Berry, D; Jarvis, M and Liddle, R.

AQA Psychology for A level. Year 2 (2015) by Flanagan, C; Berry, D; Jarvis, M and Liddle, R.

Friend Request (2018) by Laura Marshall

Born Evil (2018) by Julia Derek

Lies (2017) by T. M. Logan

Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole (2016) by Allan Ropper and Brian David Burrell

Good Me Bad Me (2017) by Ali Land

Selfie: How the West became Self-Obsessed (2018) by Will Storr

The Lucifer Effect: How Good People turn Evil (2008) by Philip Zimbardo

How to Survive the End of the World (2018) by Aaron Gillies