Psychology is the science of behaviour and experience. It is an expanding and challenging subject in the post 16 education sector. Universities increasingly see it as a valuable subject in both its own right and as a supporting subject.

The aim is to develop students as critical, scientific thinkers who are intellectually engaged with the world around them and well prepared for further study in any discipline at university level.

The school follows the AQA Specification. Here is a link to the AQA website- click through the subjects section to find Psychology.

Staff Names and Roles

  • Miss S Carter – Subject Leader for Psychology

Useful Websites to support your son’s learning

Opportunities outside of lessons

  • Masterclasses: These take place at local universities. They are usually a lecture style session focusing on one aspect of psychology. Masterclasses have been attended by students at The University of Birmingham; Birmingham City University and Aston University.
  • Revision Conferences
  • Psychology and Pseudoscience Conference: Run by Cara Flanagan- an excellent day looking at some of the more unusual aspects of psychology
  • Derren Brown: If he is touring!
  • London Trip: Science museum and Freud Museum
  • Psychological research conducted in school by local academic Psychologists
  • Conferences run by eminent Psychologists

Course information


A LEVEL 12 & 13

Exam Board:

The school follows the AQA Psychology specification

This is a two year linear course where all exams are sat at the end.

Specification code: 7182

Year 1 –Year 12 students will study:

  • Approaches in Psychology, including the learning, cognitive and biological approaches.
  • Research Methods, including scientific processes and techniques of data handling and analysis.
  • Social Influence, including majority and minority influence, obedience and independent behaviour.
  • Memory, including models of memory and eyewitness testimony.
  • Attachment, including types of attachment, separations, and the effects of day care
  • Psychopathology, including definitions of abnormality; characteristics and treatments of Phobias, depression and OCD.

Year 2 –Year 13 students will study:

  • Issues and Debates, Including: Gender & Culture; Freewill & Determinism; Nature & Nurture; Holism & Reductionism; Idiographic & Nomathetic; Ethical implications of research.
  • Biopsychology, including the structure of the brain, nervous system, scanning techniques and biological rhythms.
  • Relationships, including the formation, maintenance and breakdown of relationships.
  • Schizophrenia, including symptoms, explanations and treatments for schizophrenia.
  • Aggression, including biological explanations for aggression; social and evolutionary explanations and institutional aggression.
  • Research Methods, including scientific processes and techniques of data handling, analysis and statistics.
How will your son be assessed at A Level?
Internal Assessment

Common Assessment Tasks

These will be conducted and a grade will be provided for inclusion in databases to measure and monitor progress. There will be six across the two year course. These common will take place approximately one per term. The end of year 12 internal exam and the year 13 mock exam will count for two of these.

End of Year Internal Exam

This will be in June and will be a 2 hour exam as part of the year 12 Internal Exam Week.

External Assessment

Three exam papers sat at the end of two years study.

Paper 1: written exam; 2 hours; 96 marks; 33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: written exam; 2 hours; 96 marks; 33.3% of A-level

Paper 3: written exam; 2 hours; 96 marks; 33.3% of A-level


How could you support your son to learn during year 12&13

You could support your son by encouraging them to do the following:

  • Look for opportunities to apply what they have learned in everyday life.
  • Follow the advice given in their assessment feedback.
  • Space their learning out – don’t cram for assessments and exams at the last minute.
  • Use active learning techniques that require them to think deeply about what you are learning.
  • Complete questions from past exam papers for practice.
Recommended Textbooks for Year 1

Recommended Textbooks for Year 2
1 2 3
Recommended Revision Guides

1 2 3 4

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