Psychology – A Level

Specification

Exam Board: AQA

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Course outline – AQA A Level Psychology (7181/7182)

Why Study Alevel Psychology?

AS and A-level Psychology will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways.

You will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem solving and many more that will prepare you for an exciting future with the possibility of a range of fantastic careers.

Topics include;

Social Influence

Memory

Attachment

Approaches in Psychology

Biopsychology

Psychopathology

Research Methods

Schizophrenia

Relationships

Forensic Psychology

Issues and Debates in Psychology

Assessment

There are two exams at AS each worth 50% of your AS qualification. Each exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 72 marks. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. At A-level there are three exams, each account for one third of your

A-level. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 96 marks each. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Social Influence; Memory; Attachment; Approaches in Psychology

Marks Duration Weighting
96 2 hours 33%

Questions consist of Multiple Choice, Short answer and Extended Writing up to 16 marks.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

Biopsychology; Psychopathology and Research Methods (also embedded throughout)

Marks Duration Weighting
96 2 hours 33%

Questions consist of Multiple Choice, Short answer and Extended Writing up to 16 marks.

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Issues and debates; Relationships; Schizophrenia; Forensic Psychology

Marks Duration Weighting
96 2 hours 33%

Section 1 – Issues and debates; Section 2 – Option 1, Section 3 – Option 2, Section 4 – Option 3.

 

Careers and Destinations:

Possible career options

Studying psychology at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:

  • Marketing
  • Business development
  • Accountancy
  • Human resources
  • Forensic psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical psychology
  • Nursing
  • Teaching.

 

Possible degree options:

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in psychology are:

  • Psychology
  • English studies
  • Sociology
  • Business studies
  • Teaching
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Law.

Recent destinations of our students within this subject include;

BCU Adult Nursing
Uni. of Wolverhampton Criminal Behaviour (psychology)
BCU Early Childhood Studies
Uni. of Wolverhampton Early Childhood Studies
UCL Psychology
University of Birmingham Psychology
BCU Psychology with Criminology
BCU Psychology with Sociology
Coventry University Social Work
Coventry University Sociology & Criminology
Sport Psychology Sport Psychology
University of Warwick Biomedical Science
De Montfort University Business Information Systems
Coventry University Business Management
Birmingham City University Computer Forensics