AS level and A-level Psychology


Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. It involves the examination of theories and research evidence. Psychology seeks to explain and understand the observable behaviour and the internal processes that make human beings what they are.

Course Outline

You can either study AS level or A-level Psychology.

For the AS level you cover 6 units and sit the exams at the end of the first year.

For the A-level qualification you complete a programme of 8 compulsory units and 3 optional units over two years and sit all of the exams at the end of the A-level course


No Coursework

Examination (100%)


  • AS level – Two written exam papers at the end of the first year. Both papers take 1 hour 30 minutes, they are worth 72 marks each and 50% of the overall AS grade.
  • A-level – Three written exam papers at the end of two years of study. Two hours are given to complete each paper (6 hours in total), each paper is out of 96 marks and each paper goes towards 33.3% of the A-level qualification.

Examining Board

AQA (specification A)

Special Entry Requirements 

GCSE point score of 44-58 points including B grades in English, Maths and Science but you do not need any previous knowledge of psychology.

Career Opportunities 

The skills you develop and the topics you study are helpful for any careers which involve working with people e.g. social work, police force, nursing etc.


Specific careers in Psychology                       Forensic Psychology

                                                                        Health Psychology

                                                                       Clinical psychology

                                                                        Sport Psychology

                                                                       Educational Psychology

                                                                        Occupational Psychology

                                                                        Teaching and research

                                                                       Counselling Psychology


Teaching Methods

For AS level and year 1 of the A-level you will be timetabled for eight lessons of 60 minutes per fortnight.

For the second year of the A-level you will be timetabled for ten lessons of 60 minutes per fortnight.

Lessons will consist of lectures, workshops, activities and supervision of practical work. However, to be successful students are expected to complete additional reading, research and allocated independent work to consolidate the content in taught lessons.

Other information

Please visit the following websites for more information about the content covered and specific careers in Psychology (content) (careers)

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (