Psychology A Level

Who is this suitable for?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour. Through studying psychology, you will learn how to explain and predict human behaviour.

You should study Psychology if:

  • You wonder if we can rely on the testimony of eyewitnesses who recall details of a crime
  • You want to know why people obey destructive authority
  • You want to know why humans form attachments with their infants
  • You question whether it is better to treat people with schizophrenia with drugs or talking therapies
  • You wonder if criminals are born made and have the capacity to change
  • You are interested in why memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s occur

What will I learn?

Across the two years, you will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of psychology through a range of topics.

Component 1: Social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology

Component 2: Approaches in psychology, biopsychology, research methods

Component 3: Issues and debates in psychology, relationships, schizophrenia and aggression

How will I be assessed?

You will sit three two-hour papers at the end of Year 13

  • Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (96 marks)
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context (96 marks)
  • Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology (96 marks)arks)

Where could it lead me?

Psychology A Level supports further study in a variety of areas, including clinical psychology, medicine, law, sport and teaching.


“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science”

Edwin Powell Hubble (1929)