Psychology A Level

Psychology A Level is one of our most popular subjects. Students find the subject enjoyable and rewarding with many opting to continue the subject by reading for a psychology degree. If you have an interest in the human mind and behaviour then you will enjoy psychology. The subject combines particularly well with other social sciences. It develops a similar set of important transferrable skills including critical analysis and research design.


Course Content

Three units are examined, two in year one and one in year two.  This gives a total of three papers to be sat during exams for the full A Level. In year one candidates will study two units. Unit 1 gives a thorough grounding in the four main approaches to psychology including memory and attachment.  Unit 2 covers research methods and biopsychology;  introducing the methods psychologists use in their research. Both units include description and critical analysis of these topic areas. In the second year, Unit 3 develops knowledge of research methods further and considers research issues like ethics relationships,schizophrenia and aggression.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5.5 points for your average GCSE score, Mathematics and English Language at grades A*-C / 9-5, at least one Science subject at grade B / 5, plus at least two other GCSEs from our specified range of GCSE subjects and a satisfactory reference.

International Entry Requirements

High School Leaving Certificate, IELTS 5.5.

Duration and Delivery

The A Level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period. In the first year you study Papers 1 and 2 and in the second year you will study Paper 3 the A2 modules. The year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July.


Progression through to A Level provides a suitable foundation for the study of Psychology or related area of study, at higher education and/or preparation for future employment and the world of work. There are many areas of specialism including clinical, sports, forensic, educational, and occupational psychology.

Additional Information

The exam board is AQA. You can find more information at


Psychology A Level is taught at Kingston College so is ideal for those based in South West London and Surrey.


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