Exclusively taught in Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form), Psychology aims at understanding how people think, feel and act in different situations  

The word psychology comes from the Greek ‘psyche’ which means ‘breath, spirit, self' and ‘logia’ which means ‘maxim or general truth’. Psychology as science tries to understand how and why people think, feel and act in different ways.

What will I learn?

Year 12

Why do we go along with the group when we don’t agree? Why are we more likely to obey someone wearing a uniform? Can someone implant a false memory? What are the long term effects of maternal deprivation? Are psychopaths born evil? Why do people develop phobias?

All of these questions and more will be answered during the Year 12 Psychology course through the following modules:

• Social influence

• Memory

• Attachment

• Psychopathology

• Research methods

Year 13

During the Year 13 course you will deepen your knowledge of the psychological approaches. You will carry out your own psychological research. You will also complete modules on: 

• Gender

• Schizophrenia

• Forensic psychology


What can students go on to do after this course?

Psychology A-Level is a well–respected qualification and can be classed as a scientific subject. It can therefore be useful if you are considering a career in nursing or medicine. You could go on to study psychology at university or use this subject to gain access to a course in a different subject.

You could go on to specialise as a psychologist doing one of the following:

Educational psychologist – working with children and young people experiencing difficulties, helping with their educational and psychological development.

Occupational psychologist – working with businesses to improve the performance and wellbeing of employees.

Health psychologist – promoting healthy lifestyles and helping patients with ill health.

Counselling – helping clients resolve personal problems at difficult and stressful periods in their lives.

Neuropsychology – assisting with recovery from brain injuries and diseases.

Forensic or criminal psychologist – assisting with investigation of crimes, in prisons and with offenders.

Sports Science – working with teams and individuals to help with performance and motivation.

Clinical psychologist – working with clients to help them with conditions like depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.