Course Description

Why do some people have a phobia of snakes yet a few think they are cuddly? Does offender profiling work? Why Is social media so addictive?

Psychology looks at questions like these in the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from things like psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to social change.

Today psychology is seen as a science subject, and studying psychology will give you a real understanding of how to think scientifically; to be able to analyse and solve problems, and to interpret data.It will also help you toput across your point of view fluently and to refine your essay writing skills.

Psychology is a varied and exciting subject.  You will be learning how to apply your knowledge of psychology to what’s happening around you and it is hoped that studying it will give you a much better understanding of yourself and other people.



Course Content The course specification taught is AQA It is a two year linear course.

AS year 1:

Component 1: Introduction to psychology: Social influence (conformity, obedience & social change), Memory and Attachment

Component 2: Psychology in context: Approaches in Psychology including Biopsychology, Psychopathology (phobias, depression and OCD) & Research Methods

A2 year 2:

Component areas 1 & 2 as above plus:

Component 3:  Issues and Debates in Psychology

Option 1: – Relationships or Gender or Cognition and development

Option 2: – Schizophrenia or Eating Behaviours or Stress

Option 3: – Aggression or Forensic Psychology or Addiction


Entry Requirements A good GCSE background is advisable with at least grades BB in English language and Maths.


Assessment External examinations based on components studied


Career Opportunities Psychology can lead directly to careers in Occupational, Clinical, Educational, Forensic or Sports Psychology as well counselling and therapy. An understanding of psychological procedures and principles would also be useful in careers such as teaching, business, health service related occupations (including nursing), law (including police) and social work.

The combination of skills obtained in Psychology also makes it a useful qualification to have for any course at further and higher education level.