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Psychology: A-level

Qualification: A-level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade 5 or above in either GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature and a Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.


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A fascinating exploration of our brains and behaviour

Psychology is a well established subject at Silverdale and forms part of the social sciences department, alongside sociology. Our expert staff are very experienced and passionate about htier subject and are members of the network group for psychology teachers in South Yorkshire, helping us to provide first-class teaching for all of our students. This is demonstrated by our strong track record of achievement.


The course

Psychology is a very broad and fascinating subject, which involves the scientific study of the human brain and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context. There are many different types of psychologists from cognitive to behavioural. As well as being interesting and a good way of getting a science A-level to help you progress in a science career, it has many practical benefits for your own personal life. For example, it is really useful to learn how your memory works and how children make attachments, and how to promote your own sense of wellbeing and mental health.

The broad topics covered are:

  • Social Influence, memory, attachment and abnormal psychology.
  • Approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods.
  • Gender, aggression, schizophrenia and issues and debates.


Beyond the classroom

Past activities have included:

  • An annual reading competition, to help all of our students to improve their grammar and to widen their vocabulary.
  • A trip to a regional conference updating students on recent developments and exam technique.
  • Involvement in research projects with both local universities.
  • An annual Psychology Bake Off!



Psychology is a suitable course for a wide range of careers which involve working with people, as well as for progression on to higher education. Possible career options include forensic psychology, health psychology, research, neuropsychology and educational psychology as well as occupational psychology and as a pathway into teaching and social work. Particularly exciting areas for psychology graduates to explore are the developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.