Examination Board:  WJEC/Eduqas

This A level specification in Psychology is stimulating, distinctive and attractive, providing exciting opportunities for the learners to:

  • study a variety of historical and current psychological approaches
  • study classic and contemporary psychological research covering a variety of perspectives and topics
  • study principles of investigating human and animal behaviour
  • apply psychological information to everyday situations
  • explore contemporary issues raised in psychological research
  • work scientifically through their own psychological research
  • demonstrate greater emphasis on the skills of psychology. This specification encourages learners to:
  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of psychology and how they relate to each other
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods in psychology
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for psychology, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • understand how society makes decisions about psychological issues and how psychology contributes to the success of the economy and society

Grade 5 in GCSE English and Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.


In Year 12 students study:

  • Psychology: Past to Present: An insight into the five approaches of Psychology; these include; behavioural, biological, psychodynamic, cognitive and positivist. Each approach includes traditional and contemporary research and how they treat abnormal behaviour.
  • Psychology: Investigating Behaviour This includes planning, designing, conducting, analysing and evaluating Psychological research. It also involves the analysis of psychological methods used in research.

In Year 13

An A Level in Psychology will equip you for further study or a career in Psychology, Social Sciences, Criminology, Education, Mental Health, Counselling, Social Work, Public Services e.g. Police, Nursing, Fire Service, Market Research, Child Care, Ergonomics, Advertising, Public Relations and Recruitment.