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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Miss L Wilkinson, BSc (Hons), PGCE, NPQSL

A Level Course Outline

Studying psychology at A level enables students to think scientifically about why people behave and think in the ways they do. It focuses on knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and research studies from a wide range of topics; from why babies love their parents to what causes serious mental illness.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

Success in psychology A Level shows that you can master complex subject content and use advanced critical analysis. Course content is relevant to a range of careers: Law, Crime and Policing, Teaching, Medicine and Nursing, Psychology, Psychiatry, Counselling, Management and Marketing. Each year a number of students go on to study for psychology degrees at university.

Course Content

Examination Board


Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website

A-level Psychology

A Level

Paper 1

Introductory Topics in Psychology:

Social Influence



Paper 2

Psychology in Context:



Research methods


Paper 3

Issues and Options in Psychology:

Issues and Debates in Psychology