Why study Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the mind and of human behaviour. It is a science, and is looked upon favourably by universities as a worthwhile A-Level subject. By its nature, psychology helpfully prepares students for life beyond education.


What will I study?

Research Methods

Techniques for collecting and analysing data and carrying out psychological examinations.

30% Total A level 2 hour exam


Psychological themes through core studies

Introduces some of the central areas or investigation in psychology in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study.

Do taxi drivers’ brains develop as they get better at navigation? Does TV make us aggressive? Would we help a stranger? Would we follow orders to harm someone? Do psychopaths have different speech patterns that give them away?

35% Total A level 2 hour exam.


Applied Psychology

Students study Issues in Mental Health, Criminal Psychology and Child or Sport Psychology

35% Total A level 2 hour exam.


AS Level

Should students take the AS route then they will have two exams. One on Psychological themes through core studies and one on Research methods. Each exam is worth 50% of the AS level and is 1.5 hours long.

Course entry requirements

5 GCSE’s at 5 or above, including Maths and English.

Where could it lead?

Psychology complements other A level subjects such as Philosophy, Media Studies and History. It also adds scientific discipline to Philosophy, Law, Art, Design, History, MFL and Literature, as well as contrasting well with Mathematics, Economics and Computing.


In terms of careers and professional opportunities – any area where you will work with others, whether it is in the caring professions, law, medicine, or in business and management, psychology is used in training and will always be useful! There are also plenty of opportunities to work as a Psychologist in education, sports, health, business organisations, clinical work, forensic work and counselling, etc.