A-Level Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour that aims to explain how individuals and groups think, feel and act. This course will further your understanding of how conscious and unconscious forces guide our behaviour and enhance your knowledge of how and why mental illness may develop including how certain treatments look to overcome these issues.

Subject content

During your first year of study you will develop an understanding of the fundamental aspects of psychology including the different perspectives and approaches Psychologists might take to explain behaviour as well different methods of carrying out research. In addition to this, you will look at some other key areas within psychology including social psychology, memory, psychopathology and attachment. The second year of study will allow you to apply the principles of psychology from year one to topics such as addiction, schizophrenia and gender. During this year you will consider how a range of approaches explain these key topics and critically analyse using key debates and supporting and conflicting evidence. Psychology is a fascinating yet complex discipline that will require a commitment to independent study.

Learning methods

You will learn through lectures, group work, independent reading and research projects


Assessment of both year 1 and year 2 content is by linear examination at the end of year 2. Additional assessments including internal examinations will be completed at regular intervals throughout the duration of the course.

Where can it lead?

Psychology is a popular A-level choice and a subject that is much sought after by employers due to its multifaceted nature and its wide range of application. Psychology students have the ability to understand human behaviour and as a result have very successful careers in a wide range of industries, including business, management, human resources, teaching, social work and the legal system. The combination of analytical and evaluative skills combined with its high Science and Mathematical content make Psychology a respected A-level option among some of the UKs best higher education establishments. Some universities will allow A-level Psychology to contribute towards the minimum required science A-levels necessary for some courses.