Psychology GCE A Level (single option) (Option Block D)

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Psychology literally translates as ‘the study of the human mind’, but psychology is more than this. Psychology is everywhere around us. It is intriguing, emotional, scientific and above all thought provoking. This course offers you the opportunity to learn about the science behind human behaviour by understanding how research is conducted and used to develop theories and laws about human behaviour. You will go on to explore the many different strands of psychology such as social, developmental, abnormal and biological psychology. Finally, you will also consider issues and debates that psychologists consider when attempting to explain complex and abstract human behaviours. You will develop valuable skills including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.


Compulsory Content

Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology,

Research Methods and Issues and Debates in Psychology.

Optional Units (One topic area from options 1, 2 + 3 must be chosen)

Option 1: Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development.

Option 2: Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress.

Option 3: Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction.

How will it be delivered?

You will sit three exams at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology. Written exam: 2 hours. 96 marks in total. 33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: Psychology in Context. Written exam:  2 hours. 96 marks in total. 33.3% of A level.

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology. Written exam: 2 hours. 96 marks in total. 33.3% of A level


Entry requirements

Students will require a minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including English

and Mathematics at level 6 and Science at level 5.

Your next steps...

This qualification is highly valued by many Universities for both psychology and non-psychology related studies. Those that study psychology open up a pathway of careers including counselling, therapy, teaching, mental health nursing, forensic psychology, clinical psychology, criminology, and law.