Year 12 & 13 Psychology
Caroline Patmore (Subject Leader)
The examining board for Psychology is AQA and this course is now a linear A level over two years. You can find details about the course at
There are three examinations at the end of the two years but students are regularly tested under examination conditions across the course. There is no coursework component in this A level.
The specification covers cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods, biological psychology, social psychology, individual differences, biological rhythms, relationships, aggression and stress.
Students have enjoyed trips to Bethlem Hospital where they have learnt about real world applications of studying psychology; the history of psychology, clinical characteristics and diagnosis.
Students are expected to read around the subject in their own time; students can access 'psychology review' magazine, newspapers and journals.
Tasks are set to support and check learning and understanding. Students are also expected to carry out research and present data collected from experiments.
Gifted and Talented
Gifted and talented students are given work that aims to stretch and challenge. Differentiation and levelled questioning is an embedded feature of lessons.
Statement about Literacy
Students are expected to write in continuous prose in class and assessment questions. They will need to write legibly and achieve a high level of spelling, punctuation and grammar. There will be a range of words used which are specific to a psychology context. They need to be confident and competent in the use of these words. Students will need to be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues.
AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 & AS - Student Book - Cara Flanagan, Dave Berry (Illuminate publishing)
AQA Psychology for A Level Year 2 - Student Book - Cara Flanagan, Dave Berry (Illuminate publishing)