Psychology A Level

About the Course

Psychology is one of the most popular subjects enjoyed by Sixth Formers at Hall Cross. The topics are designed to be challenging, stimulating and rewarding. Psychology has made a major contribution to our understanding of human and animal behaviour. It is defined as the "scientific study of mental processes and behaviour" and involves looking at the different schools of thought within Psychology as well as investigating the real life application of Psychological theory.

Exam Board

The exam board is AQA and it is 100% examination


Level 5 in English language / literature and a level 5 in a Science subject (including Maths).

Course Content

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology - Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology. Paper 2: Psychology in Context - Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods (worth 50% of the exam). Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology - Issues and Debates, Gender, Schizophrenia, Aggression.

Beyond the Classroom

Students who study Psychology have found work placements in schools for Autistic Children, primary schools and care homes. Carrying out practical investigations is an important aspect and students should be interested in finding out about developments within the subject. To help students we will organise revision conferences, visits and talks to supplement their studies.

Your Future

As a career choice Psychology offers you the opportunity to work in a number of fields such as educational, health, occupational, sport and/or child psychology. Other caring avenues include: nursing, teaching, social work as well as psychiatry. To become a psychiatrist you need to study medicine initially and to study forensics you will need to study A level Chemistry.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Miss E Wright
Hall Cross Academy
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