Windsor Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
a level psychology

Psychology A Level

A Level Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. This course will develop your understanding of the possible explanations for behaviour including, biological, psychological and social factors. It enables you to appreciate the benefits of being able to explain, predict and control behaviour.

Curriculum Intent

This course aims to allow students to develop an understanding of their own and others behaviour and to appreciate the benefits of being able to explain, predict and influence behaviour in a positive manner.  We encourage an analytical approach to research so that students do not accept headline findings at face value and can see the fact through the fiction.

What you will study

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

  • Approaches
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Issues and debates
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction

Key Stage 5 Psychology Curriculum Plan

How the course is assessed

You will be assessed by sitting external exams at the end of the two year course. There are three 2 hour exams.

Entry requirements

Five subjects at grade 4 or above including English and Maths. Strengths in maths and biology are desirable.

Why study A Level Psychology at Windsor Sixth Form?

  • Specialist teachers - The psychology department is staffed by two psychology specialist teachers who solely teach A Level.
  • Excellent results - We have a strong track record of achieving excellent results with our students.

Other courses that go well with A Level Psychology

Psychology complements many other subjects and can be studied alongside any choice you make. If you plan to study psychology at university, it may be helpful if you combine it with maths, in particular statistics, and biology, as there are elements of both within the subject.

What you can do after the course

As a science, psychology enables you to progress to studying many higher education courses. The course will help you become competent in essay writing as well as practical, mathematical and problem solving skills. 

You can progress to a wide range of careers, such as teaching, police, counselling and marketing. Psychology can also lead to further study in a professional field such as clinical or forensic psychology.

Where do our students progress after the course?

Many students who study psychology often continue their studies at university.

Student success stories

  • In 2021, 25% of our students went on to study psychology at university.
  • A student who achieved an A in psychology continued to study psychology at degree
    level at the University of Birmingham.
  • In addition, a student who achieved an A* in psychology gave her the science A
    Level she needed to study midwifery.
  • A student who achieved a B in psychology was accepted onto police training.