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Coombe Dean School

Coombe Dean School

Psychology

Psychology A level 

Qualifications 

Exam board:  AQA 

Level 3 Advanced GCE in Psychology 

Entry Requirements 

GCSE Grades 5/6 in English, Maths and Science 

Skills required 

Students study psychology because they have a keen interest in the brain and human behaviour. They want to find out why humans do what they do and what influences our behaviour. They will be curious and critical and have a desire to apply their knowledge to the real-world. They will be empathetic and motivated to effect change in the lives of others.  

Course outline 

A-level Psychology is a two-year linear course with three examinations at the end of year 13. A variety of topics are covered including introductory topics such as different perspectives, cognitive psychology and memory, developmental psychology and attachment, social psychology, psychopathology and mental illness (such as OCD, depression and schizophrenia), neuroscience, research methods the nature of relationships and forensic psychology.  

Throughout the course, there is the continued discussion of the nature nurture debate and relevant influences on human behaviour.  

Student testimony 

“A really interesting subject – quite challenging, but you get loads of support from the teachers” 

“Psychology really opens your minds and gives you a wider perspective” 

“New and awesome things every lesson. Really challenging.” 

Career paths 

Psychology can be used in any career where people are involved. It can lead to a degree in psychology which is the first step in becoming a psychologist. It can also support studies in other areas such as teaching, law, criminology, zoology and various health professions.  

Course outline/assessment 

Paper 1 

2 hour exam consisting of a variety of extended writing and short answer questions. These will include introductory topics in psychology (social, memory, attachment and psychopathology) 

Paper 2 

2 hour exam consisting of a variety of extended writing and short answer questions. These will include topics relating to the application of psychology in context (approaches, biopsychology and sleep, research methods) 

Paper 3 

2 hour exam consisting of a variety of extended writing and short answer questions. These will include topics relating to issues and options in psychology (issues and debates, schizophrenia, relationships and forensic psychology)