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Psychology A Level Results

Nearly half of students achieved an A* to A in 2022 compared to 1/3rd in 2019



5 – A* grades

6 – A grades

12 – B grades

7 - A* grades

11 - A grades

9 - B grades

Psychology at KS5 – An Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. It is a multidimensional subject and includes many sub-fields such as human development, health, clinical, social behaviour, and cognitive processes. The study of psychology develops an array of transferrable skills which can lead to a choice of careers.

What will I study in year 1?

Your first year will cover the same topic areas:

Approaches in Psychology

You will learn about five psychological approaches:

  • Biological
  • Psychodynamic
  • Behaviourist
  • Cognitive
  • Positive

Each approach explains human behaviour in a slightly different way.

Research in Psychology

You will learn more about how psychologists design and conduct research.

As part of the A Level course you will get the opportunity to undertake two of your own research projects. These can be undertaken as a class, in groups, in pairs or individually.

What will I study in year 2?

In the second year of the A-level you'll deepen your understanding of psychology by looking at a range of interesting human behaviours. You will study three of the following six behaviours:

  • Addictive behaviours
  • Autistic spectrum behaviours
  • Bullying behaviours
  • Criminal behaviours
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress

You will then apply your psychological knowledge to a range of contemporary debates:

  • Cultural bias
  • Ethical costs of conducting research
  • Non-human animals
  • Scientific status
  • Sexism

How will I be assessed?

At A-level there are three exams.

Each, accounts for one third of your A-level.

Each exam lasts 2 hours 15 minutes and is worth 100 marks.

The exams consist of short answer and extended writing questions.