A Level Psychology

Students interested in why human beings behave the way they do, whether this is in connection to obedience and conformity, abnormal behaviours or hot topics such as eyewitness testimony, schizophrenia or aggression and whether behaviour is influence by nature or nurture.

Description of the Course/Course Structure:

The specification is designed to encourage students to take a broad look at all aspects of Psychology
including the core areas of:

  • Cognitive (how the brain processes information),
  • Behavioural (how humans interact with each other),
  • Biological (how the body and the brain influence our behaviour)
    Research Methods: It is necessary to learn about both qualitative and quantitative research methods used in psychological research and assess the implications of these methods to experimental design. In addition, students will learn about how to collect effective data, and about mathematical analysis techniques. NB: A good understanding of basic mathematical concepts is essential for this part of the unit.


  • Paper 1 Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology – Written exam: 2 hours 33.3%
  • Paper 2 Psychology in Context. Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research methods – Written exam: 2 hours 33.3%
  • Paper 3 Issues and Options in Psychology Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression. – Written exam: 2 hours 33.3%
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