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

Specific requirements

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


What will I study?

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

Where does it lead?

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.