Exam Board - AQA


What is Psychology A level and why study it?

People like to offer their own explanations as to why individuals behave the way that they do. The mind is such a complex entity that we are naturally driven to deepen our understanding of the behaviours of both ourselves and of those around us! The study of Psychology allows us to broaden this knowledge of our internal processes and related behaviour, beyond the realms of mere speculation and ‘guesswork’. Psychology is, by definition, the scientific study of the mind and behaviour and Psychology therefore aims to explain human and animal behaviour through using scientific theory and research.


Learners who elect to study A level Psychology at Isaac Newton Academy can expect to be taught fascinating psychological theories of behaviour and will be encouraged to critically analyse these theories and their respective strengths and limitations. Learners will then extend their knowledge beyond the classroom to suggest practical uses of how psychological theory can be applied to improve the quality of life at both a societal and individual level.


Studying A level Psychology will also enable learners to develop various transferable skills such as analysis, evaluation, numeracy and literacy that can be utilised in many Humanities and Science based subjects. Consequently, Psychology at Isaac Newton Academy will equip learners with the skills needed for success not only at A level but also at university and beyond.


What topics will you study?

Learners will follow the AQA A level Psychology course; listed below are the topics that will be studied and the corresponding examination papers. Each paper is worth a third of the overall A level.


  • Paper 1: Social Influence; Memory; Attachment; Psychopathology
  • Paper 2: Research Methods; Approaches in Psychology; Biopsychology
  • Paper 3: Issues and Debates in Psychology; Gender; Eating Behaviours; Forensic Psychology


Where next?

Psychology is a very popular choice at A level and beyond. A graduate degree in Psychology will provide you with a broad range of skills that span both science and the arts and will open up opportunities with a variety of employers.


What are the entrance requirements?

Grade 6 in GCSE English language and Grade 6 in GCSE Maths.


Who do I need to see for more information?

Ms N Jeewa, Head of Psychology.