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Student Guide for A-Level Examinations

Psychology is the scientific study of the brain and behaviour.  It examines the reasons why people think and behave the way they do.   It looks at the factors that influence such behaviour, for example the role of other people, the role of the environment and the impact of culture.


  • To provide girls with an introduction to a new subject which they may not have encountered before.
  • To help them to develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
  • To prepare Years 12 and 13 students for their end of year examinations.
  • To give them a greater awareness of their own and other people’s behaviour and to acquire some understanding of the complex ways in which human behaviour develops.
  • To provide the girls with concepts and theories that will allow them to study behaviour and gain insight into the ways in which individuals influence and in turn are influenced by their society.

Advantages of the Course

Psychology is a subject that complements many other subjects.   These subjects can be from among the Social Sciences and Humanities, or the Natural Sciences.   For girls thinking about a career in the medical field, Psychology is a very acceptable subject along with Biology and Chemistry.   For those interested in any career working with people, whether in personnel management, advertising or the caring professions, Psychology is very useful.

Psychology is also a very popular university subject in its own right and an A-Level in this subject would be very beneficial prior to a degree.

Course Content

In Year 12 you will study Psychology by investigating the different approaches that Psychologists use to explain human behaviour. You will look at Psychodynamic, Behavioural, Cognitive, Biological and Positive Psychology. In each approach you will learn about a classic study, then each approach will be applied to investigating human relationships. In addition, you will study the Research Methods that are used in psychological investigations.

For A-Level you will learn all of the Year 12 material.  In addition, you will be expected to apply your understanding of Approaches and Research Methods to Addiction, Criminal Behaviour and Stress. There is also a component dealing with controversies in Psychology such as sexism, cultural bias, the use of non-human animals in research, and the ethical costs of research.