Studying Psychology allows students to develop valuable skills such as critical analysis, evaluation, independent thinking, mathematical skills and an understanding of scientific research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace. Psychology is taught over two years with internal exams at the end of Year 12 and external exams at the end of Year 13.


Psychology follows the AQA specification which provides students with an understanding of the human mind and subsequent behaviour.

In Year 12, students cover introductory topics (Unit 1, 33.3%) such as Memory, Social Influence, Attachment.

In Year 12, students also learn content for Unit 2 (33.3%) which includes topics based on Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology (including the characteristics, explanations and treatments of phobias, depression and OCD) and Research methodology.

Students will sit an internal exam at the end of this year before entering Year 13 to study year two of the A level course.

In Year 13 students will complete the following topics; Issues and debates within Psychology, Biopsychology, Cognition and development , Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology. Research methods is further developed in order to provide students with a secure understanding of the scientific process. All units within the course are assessed by examination at the end of Year 13. Further information can be found here.

In summary: AQA A-level Psychology is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (0%) Examination (100%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs T Fletcher