Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behaviour. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behaviour.

This is an exciting and demanding subject. Students will follow the AQA specification which has been designed to develop breadth of knowledge, critical thinking skills and an appreciation of the relationships between different aspects of Psychology. It will also develop the ability to design, carry out and critically analyse experimental research.

Course outline

A level Psychology- Compulsory content

1 Social influence

2 Memory

3 Attachment

4 Psychopathology

5 Approaches in Psychology

6 Biopsychology

7 Research methods

8 Issues and debates in Psychology


Option 1

9 Relationships

10 Gender

11 Cognition and development

Option 2

12 Schizophrenia

13 Eating behaviour

14 Stress

Option 3

15 Aggression

16 Forensic Psychology

17 Addiction


You will be provided with course textbooks, key research articles, source materials and will be expected to use the wide variety of material that is on the internet, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.

Where will it lead to?

Studying Psychology can lead into a wide variety of careers including: research, education, police service, marketing, human resources, advertising, the media, law, health care, social work, sports training/coaching, psychotherapy, childcare, mental health treatment, performance enhancement, ergonomics and many other areas affecting health and daily life.