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A Level

Entry requirements


Trilogy Science GCSE minimum 6-5 / or biology GCSE minimum grade 5

English language GCSE (minimum 5) and maths GCSE

(minimum 5) 

The ability to communicate and think critically is also important.

Course aims


To introduce and develop the study of Psychology by examining the complexities of human behaviour through the use of an analytic and scientific approach including practical research and the development of theories. 

Year 12 Topics

 Topics including; 

Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Approaches in psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods.

Year 13 Topics

Year 12 Topics (as above) and compulsory Year 13 Topics including;

Biopsychology and Issues and Debates in Psychology. In addition to (optional) topics of: Gender, Schizophrenia and Aggression.


 100% assessed through examination including;

Paper 1 (2 hours): Assessing content from Year 12 (33.3%)  Paper 2 (2 hours): Assessing some content from Year 12 and some compulsory content from Year 13 (33.3%)

Paper 3 (2 hours): Assessing some compulsory content from Year 13 and all three (optional) topic areas (33.3%)

Progression Higher education/vocational destinations

Psychology can be useful for many different careers as it is the study of human behaviour. However, it can be used directly in one of the many areas of applied psychology such as clinical, forensic or occupational psychologist. 

Alternatively, it can be used indirectly to assist in the accomplishment of many different careers such as; education, health care and medicine, police service, prison and probation officers, marketing, human resources, retail, recruitment consultancy and management of all forms. 


Further information

For more information:

Visit the AQA website,, to obtain a full copy of the Pearson Edexcel GCE in physics specification.

Visit the British Psychological Society website:

Or contact: Miss G Peters - Subject Leader for Psychology





The Psychology Department at The Campion School works to inspire and enthuse all students to understand all aspects of human behaviour, regardless of ability. It actively encourages all students to develop their curiosity and promotes the development of analytical minds which question ‘why’ and ‘how’ within in a scientific framework. 

PsiAs a new subject to the school at A Level, the Psychology Department aims to offer the students a unique opportunity to study this fascinating subject, yet recognises that students are able to build on their existing knowledge of human physiology and core scientific principles alongside their understanding of the wider social and historical climate in which behaviours exist. As such, the Psychology curriculum also contributes to students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, all of which facilitates captivating discussions in lessons!

The Psychology Department at The Campion School follows the AQA Psychology course which offers a broad and balanced A Level and incorporates not only the key Psychological theories and scientific concepts fully, but also offers students the opportunity to study some of the more interesting aspects of human behaviour such as psychopathology, obedience and aggression.