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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

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