Course Outline

Qualification Information:

Level: AS/A2
Syllabus: WJEC
Duration: 1 Year for AS. 2 Years for A2

At AS students develop a broad knowledge and understanding of five core areas of Psychology, as well as scientific research methods. These areas are: biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and positive psychology. Students are also required to gain first-hand experience of research methods in their own investigations. In addition, students will explore a number of contemporary debates within psychology.

At A2 the specification offers a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from different psychological approaches and engage students in issues and debates in Psychology.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 threshold (5 A*- C grades or equivalent) including a grade B or higher in English Language and a grade C in Maths.

What Will I Study?


Unit 1 Psychology: Past to Present
Unit 2 Psychology: Using Psychological Concepts


Unit 3 Implications in the real world, eg Schizophrenia, criminal behaviour, and stress
Unit 4 Applied research methods

How Will I Be Assessed?

All units are assessed by external examinations at the end of Year 12 and 13

Career Opportunities & Progression

Studying Psychology provides learners with a range of transferable skills that can be applied to many careers including advertising, management, personnel, nursing, teaching and the police force.