This course will appeal to students who are interested in the study of people’s behaviour, performance, and mental operations. Psychology also refers to the application of the knowledge which can be used to understand events, treat mental health issues, and improve education, employment, and relationships.


Students learn how to predict, understand, explain, and control behaviour.

AS (Year 12)

• Knowledge, skills and understanding

• Topic 1: Social psychology

• Topic 2: Cognitive psychology

• Topic 3: Biological psychology

• Topic 4: Learning theories

A2 (A Level) (Year 13)

• Topic 5: Clinical psychology

• Topic 6: Criminological psychology

• Topic 7: Child psychology

• Topic 8: Health psychology

• Topic 9: Psychological skills


If you choose to study psychology at university, there are many different areas which you can choose to focus on. These include health, clinical, educational, research and teaching, occupational, counselling, neuro, sport and exercise, and forensic. Careers based on the study of psychology are wide ranging and include chartered psychologist, psychotherapist, social worker and counsellor. Careers for psychology graduates interested in the education sector can take a number of different paths. They can work within social services to help support learning in the community at all ages, or within the prison sector to provide support for young offenders.

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life”

Abraham Maslow