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AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Psychology

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

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


Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. Psychologists set out to examine why people behave the way they do. An

A-Level in Psychology introduces you to the scientific study of a wide range of behaviours.


First year of AQA A level Psychology will include:

· Social Influence

· Memory

· Attachment

· Approaches in Psychology

· Biopsychology

· Psychopathology

Alongside these main areas there will be a module looking at Research Methods. You will become familiar with 4 techniques used by psychologists to investigate human behaviour: self-report, experiment, observation and correlation. You will also study: The Scientific Process, Data Handling and Inferential testing and Analysis, giving you good knowledge of the entire scientific cycle.

How will it be delivered?


At the end of this two year course there are three exams, each account for one third of the A-level. The three exams last 2 hours each and are worth 96 marks each. The exam consists of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 1 - Introductory Topics in Psychology 

Social Influence Memory

Attachment Biopsychology

Paper 2 - Psychology in Context

Research Methods Psychopathology


Paper 3 - Issues and Options in Psychology

Cognition and Development


Forensic Psychology

Issues and Debates

Entry requirements

• GCSE Science grade 5

• GCSE Maths grade 5 (Higher Tier or study Core Maths)

Your next steps...

Psychology is not just a ticket to becoming a ‘psychologist’. As a boom subject in higher education it has practical applications that are valued in management, personnel, social services, education, health services and many other fields of employment.


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