Oldham Sixth Form College


Psychology (A Level)

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I chose Psychology because it was something new after high school and it was something that I was really interested in.

Psychology (A Level)  

  •  Assessment
  • Year 1 & 2
    100% Exam
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What Will You Learn?

Psychology is defined as “the science of mind and behaviour”. You‘ll be introduced to the central debates, investigate the methods used in research, and apply what you’ve learned to a range of contemporary topics such as mental illness, crime and forensics, gender, attachment, social influence and memory. Expect to research a range of psychological perspectives as a means of explaining human behaviour, including social, biological, behaviourist, cognitive and developmental approaches. You will look at how data can be analysed and how psychologists reach conclusions about human behaviour.


In each of the exam papers, you will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology: Social Influence, Attachment, Psychopathology, Memory

Paper 2: Psychology in Context: Approaches, Biopsychology, Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology: Issues and Debates, Gender, Schizophrenia, Forensic

Special Features

  •  You will have the opportunity to attend our annual Forensic Conference, which allows students to meet and ask questions to a practising Forensic Psychologist and individuals who have completed their custodial sentences. This invaluable experience will give you insights into criminal life including the reasons for crime, life in prison and life after release from prison. This is a very exciting opportunity to bring your Forensic unit to life.
  • We offer many weekly subject support workshops. These will ensure you exceed your academic potential. Our workshops are delivered by very experienced AQA Examiners, who have over twenty years experience of marking Psychology exam papers.
  • We offer a Psychology buddy scheme, where our very talented A Level students support our AS students in their academic studies. Support includes completing past exam questions, exploring revision techniques and revisiting course content.

Where Will This Lead?

Psychology A Level develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis and independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly transferable to Further Education and the workplace. 

Our specification is both stimulating and engaging, combined with the academic integrity and skills that Higher Education and employers value.

Possible careers include: medicine, dentistry, nursing, law, marketing, teaching, being a psychologist: (clinical/forensic/sports/counselling/educational)