A Level Psychology

Through the study of psychological theories, concepts and research, candidates will develop an understanding of the principles and perspectives governing the subject.

Year 12 students will be looking at Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, Biopsychology, Individual Differences and Social Psychology plus Research Methods, giving candidates a broad base of understanding in the subject. In Year 13 there is the opportunity for candidates to further develop their knowledge and understanding of some of the core areas from Year 12. In addition, Year 13 students will look at the units of Topical Issues and Debates as well as three additional units, chosen from a list of options.


Students of Psychology develop the ability to apply psychology to cultural, social and contemporary issues and use a range of research methods to investigate psychological issues. Students will develop the ability to understand theories, interpret research evidence, formulate and develop arguments and form effective evaluation.

The knowledge and skills you will gain will be particularly useful for careers working with people. Many students who study Psychology go on to work in sport, business, health, psychology and education.

Complementary Courses

A Level Psychology particularly complements studies in English, Biology, PE, Health and Social Care and Sociology. 



AS Level

Entry Requirements

Minimum B grade in GCSE Psychology, if taken.

Grade C in GCSE Science.

5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics at grades 9-5)


AQA A level Psychology.