"The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best" Paul Valery

Mr O Grady
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE Biology (triple) or Grade 5,5 in GCSE Combined Science (double)


In psychology we study the AQA linear specification. You will need to achieve a grade 6 or higher in biology GCSE or, if studying double science, a 5/5.

Year 1

  • Social Influence – we look at why people obey and conform.
  • Memory – we study how human memory works and what happens when we forget.
  • Psychopathology – we focus on three main disorders: OCD, depression and phobias.
  • Attachment – we focus on our first attachments to our primary care giver (normally our mother or father).
  • Research Methods – we look at the methods of conducting psychology studies.
  • Approaches – This is the building block of psychology. We study the different approaches to understanding human behaviour.
  • Biopsychology – Here we channel our inner biologist! We look at biological functions and systems such as the features and areas of the brain and our nervous system and look at how these affect our behaviour.

Year 2

  • Relationships – we look at romantic relationships – from why we find people attractive to why relationships break down.
  • Eating Behaviour – we look at the physiological systems which control when we feel hungry and full. We also specialise in explanations for the causes of anorexia and obesity.
  • Forensics – we focus on why people turn to crime and the best ways to punish and rehabilitate criminals.
  • Issues and Debates – we look at the problems with psychological research and the key debates within the topic. We study the nature/nurture debate and discuss whether we think psychology can be considered a ‘science’.


Have you ever wondered why humans act the way they do? Are you interested in finding out about the causes and treatments of disorders such as OCD and depression? Do you want to look for answers to help explain why horrific acts like the Holocaust happened and explain why humans acted that way? If so, psychology may be the subject for you. It also gives you a wide range of career options and opportunities as almost every career involves working with other people, so it is an excellent accompaniment to other A-Level subjects.