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“ The study of Psychology can benefit us in many ways, it helps us to understand our behaviour and our resilience, it gives us an insight in to why people act the way they do and helps improve their quality of life” 

Curriculum Intent

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it influences our behaviour. During the A level programme of study, students will develop knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other, leading to a better understanding of the problems and issues in our society. The specification covers a range of topics including memory, child development, forensic psychology and psychological disorders. The course also enables students to develop strong evaluative and written skills, a competence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills as well as an understanding of the scientific process.

In summary students will learn to;

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures:

  • in a theoretical context, in a practical context, when handling qualitative data & when handling quantitative data
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to; make judgements and reach conclusions & develop and refine practical design and procedures.

What it leads to

Studying Psychology at A level provides students with a strong foundation to pursue a career in the field of Psychology or to study a related subject at degree level. This can lead to careers in health or clinical professions, education, social work, coaching or human resources. Employers from a wide range of are keen to hire students with a Psychology qualification because of their understanding of human behaviour, academic flexibility and research skills. 

Curriculum  Implementation

Students will follow the specification for Psychology A-level receiving 5 hours of lesson time a week. Lessons may involve teaching & learning of content, skills development, examination practice

Subject Documents Date  
Curriculum Overview Psychology.docx 06th Mar 2024 Download