Examination Board






Qualification Number

AS: 601/5759/8                                    A2: 601/5719/7

Entry Requirements

GCSE Psychology C grade (if studied at KS4)
GCSE English B grade, GCSE Mathematics and Science C grades in both

Studied at GCSE?

Not essential but would need the grades from the core GCSEs detailed above.


Assessment Structure

  • AS and A2 units have a 40% and 60% weighting respectively.

AS Level Units. These carry a 40% weighting of the final A2 award.

  • Unit 1. Psychology: Past to Present (20%)     
  • Unit 2. Psychology: Exploring Behaviour(20%)

A2 Level Units These carry a 60% weighting of the final A2 award

  • Unit 3. Psychology: Implications in the Real World   (40%)
  • Unit 4. Psychology: Applied Research Methods (20%)


Psychology is an exciting and dynamic subject that continues to evolve.  Learners will explore the human mind and behaviour, including criminal and abnormal behaviours, and will be encouraged to study them from different perspectives.  Learners will investigate new techniques of studying human behavior, including brain scanning, and will conduct their own research from the initial planning stages through to the final stage of analysis and evaluation.

The AS components of the course will provide learners with a solid grounding in some of the basic core elements of psychology. The intention is to allow the learner, through the study of classic research, to gain an appreciation that psychology continues to develop. The exploration of five contemporary debates provides an opportunity for independent research into areas that psychology has influenced.   

The A2 components of the course allows learners to explore areas of psychology in greater detail, for example, the possible causes of schizophrenia.  Also, learners will be introduced to the methodologies used by psychologists in working scientifically.  Learners will explore the limitations of scientific research when dealing with the complexities of human behaviour.

Career Routes

A2’ level psychology is a useful qualification for a range of courses, including medicine, teaching and law, in addition to all branches of psychology. Many students will study psychology at degree level before specialising in areas, such as educational psychology, forensic psychology or research.

For further information, contact:

Miss H Davies (Departmental Leader of Social Sciences)
Mrs C Lloyd (KS5 Psychology Teacher)