Psychology A Level

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour and can be used as a final qualification or as a way of discovering what academic psychology is about.

There are opportunities to study the classic approaches of psychology and its most famous research studies, whilst also considering ongoing debates and topics, such as are criminals born or made, or should conditioning techniques be used on children.

Psychology is a rigorous, academic subject requiring good skills in English, Mathematics and Science. For every theory in Psychology there are ten opposing theories. It is a subject that therefore requires good critical thinking skills and problem solving. You will gain the skills to source, use and interpret information, design and analyse experiments and use related software.


There are two exams leading to the AS qualification and one more to complete the full A level qualification. The full A Level also requires 2 personal investigations to be carried out. All exams are taken in June at the end of year 1 and year 2.


Psychology A level is not only useful for pupils wanting to become clinical, educational, forensic or health psychologists or counsellors. It can also be useful in a wide range of industries, such as management, media, marketing and teaching.