Psychology A2




Key Staff: Mrs. Wilson


Entry Requirements:

  • 5.5 GCSE average including English and Maths
  • At least a 5 in Maths, English and Science


Is this a new two year linear A Level Subject? Yes

Year One

Paper 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology (Social Influence, Memory Psychopathology & Attachment)

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context (Approaches & Research Methods)

Year Two

Paper 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology revisited (33.3% of A Level) (as above)

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context revisited (33.3% of A Level) (as above plus Biopsychology)

Paper 3 – Issues and options in Psychology (33.3% of A Level) (Issues & Debates, Cognition & Development, Schizophrenia & Forensic Psychology)


Key Points About The Course

  • Psychology is a facilitating subject – this means that top universities have classified it as an academic subject that employers and universities respect highly.
  • At AS Level you will study a variety of topics including Memory, Attachment, Social Influence and Psychopathology (mental disorders).
  • At A2 Level you will revisit the above subjects as well as an additional paper looking at Cognition and Development, Eating Behaviour and Forensic Psychology.
  • The Psychology exam is made up of multiple-choice, short answer questions and longer essay style questions giving everybody a chance of achieving a good grade.
  • Key debates and issues for discussion in AS Psychology will include “Why do people obey authority figures?”, “How accurate is eye-witness testimony?”, “How can early attachment affect development in later life?” and “How do different Psychological perspectives explain phobias?”
  • Key debates and issues for discussion in A2 Psychology will include “What stages of development do infants go through from birth?”, “Why do people develop eating disorders?”, and “Why do people commit crimes?”
  • Psychology is 100% exam based, however, students will be expected to carry out group work, presentations and individual research projects throughout the course in order to build up relevant skills needed for the exam and beyond.
  • To study Psychology you should be interested in the mind and behaviour, focusing on why different people may behave in certain ways. There are many opposing theories within the subject so it is important that you can produce a well-balanced argument using evidence to back up your points.
  • Psychology is classed as a social science, meaning it goes well with a variety of other subjects such as Sociology, History and Biology. Due to aspects of the course focusing on forensics and criminology, Psychology also goes well with Law and Chemistry. 
  • As Psychology is such a broad subject it can be applied to almost any career relating to people and behaviour. More Specific Psychology careers include being an Educational Psychologist (working with children who may struggle with school and learning), a Sport Psychologist (ensuring sportsmen/women are mentally ready to compete) and a Psychiatrist (providing therapy to those with mental health issues such as depression).