Head of Psychology: Mrs J Rumble, BSc (Hons) Open


A Level

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, and attempts to answer some of the questions that have plagued humans as long as we can remember.
What causes mental disorders? What makes good, healthy relationships and why are some relationships unhealthy? Psychology is of interest to everyone, but especially those wishing to pursue careers in psychology, business, health care and social work.

Course Content

• Memory – improving memory and eyewitness testimony.
• Early development including attachment and the effects of institutional care
• Social psychology including theories of conformity, obedience and social change
• Approaches, including learning approaches, the cognitive approach and the biological approach.
• Biopsychology including the nervous system, the endocrine system and the stress response
• Psychopathology including phobias, depression and OCD
• Research methods used by psychologists.

• Approaches, including the psychodynamic and humanistic approaches
• Biopsychology including the localisation of function in the brain, biorhythms and ways of studying the brain
• Forensic psychology
• Relationships including the formation, maintenance and breakdown of relationships
• The causes and treatments of schizophrenia
• Research methods including practical applications and the scientific process
• Three additional topics of applied psychology
• Issues and debates in psychology.


Three examinations each worth 33.3% of the A Level consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. This is a two-year course and is examined at the end of the second year.

Revision materials can be accessed at

Psychology Ace Pupil Programme