Sixth Form: Psychology

Subject Overview

“Psychology is life. Life is Psychology”

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. Psychology is all around us, from relationships with our parents, siblings and friends to understanding why your dog gets excited when you walk towards the cupboard his food is kept in!

Psychology field tripA level Psychology does not teach us to read minds, understand body language or be able to predict the future but it does get you thinking about why people act like they do. Why do people obey, conform or feel anxious… Why do people sleep? How does our brain work? And the burning question, what actually is love?

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

This requirement is because there is so much writing in Psychology (100% exam).  Good knowledge of Mathematics and Biology is also required as the course is based around the anatomy of the human brain and you will be expected to carry out statistical tests.

Syllabuses (Course Outline and Structure)

We follow the AQA specification which can be found here:

AQA Website

In the first year you will study Memory, Attachment, Social Influence, Research methods and Psychopathology. In the second year you will study Schizophrenia, Relationships and Aggression

The course is 100% examination and this will be externally assessed through three papers, all taken at the end of your second year.

Activities and trips

Past trips have included a trip to Twycross zoo to study animal behaviour, an over night ghost hunt in a haunted school and a trip to see Derren Brown in London.

Expected Costs

Psychology lessonYou will need to buy your own textbook for this course, The Complete Companions: AQA Psychology Year 1 and AS Student Book (Fourth Edition) (Complete Companion Psychology) by Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan. The cost of the text book is £22.50.

There are currently two educational visits during this course. A residential revision weekend and a trip to observe animal behavioiur at Twycross zoo. The price for these visits will be in the region of £190 in total. 

Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities

Psychology is a Social Science and links well with other Social Sciences such as Law, Sociology and Health and Social Care. Other popular combinations include Biology, Chemistry, English Language/Literature and Media Studies.