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Devonport High School for Girls

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A Level Course Outline

The Psychology course enables students to think scientifically about why people behave and think as they do. It focuses on knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and studies from a wide range of topics; from why babies love their parents to what leads to serious mental illness.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

Success in Psychology shows that you can master complex subject content and use advanced concepts. Course content is relevant to a range of careers: Law, Teaching, Clinical, Medicine and Nursing, Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherepy, Management and Marketing. Each year a number of students go on to study for Psychology degrees at university.

Course Content

Examination Board


Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website

AS and A-level Psychology

AS Level

Unit 1

Introductory Topics in Psychology

Social influence




Unit 2

Psychology in Context

Approaches in Psychology



Research methods

A Level

Unit 1

Introductory Topics in Psychology-same topics as AS Paper 1 examined in more detail.



Unit 2

Psychology in Context-same topics as AS Paper 2 examined in more detail and two new approaches to  Psychology Psychoanalysis and Humanism.


Unit 3

Issues and Options in Psychology

Issues and Debates in Psychology


Eating Behaviour