Subject Overview

Psychology is a popular and fascinating branch of science, which studies human behaviour from a range
of different approaches. The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain; an unseen process of enzymes, chemicals and electric currents. But why is it that some people suffer from stress or
mental illness?


A Level (sixth form)

A Level Psychology AQA

Year One
Introductory topics in psychology - learn about:

  • psychology as a science
  • social norms including conformity and obedience
  • how the mind remembers and forgets
  • how children form attachments
  • biopsychology and cognitive neuroscience
  • approaches in psychology
  • Psychopathology and how do we measure
  • ‘normal’?
  • Psychology in context - learn more about the different approaches in psychology and how to design and conduct your own research.

Year Two

  • Issues and debates in psychology
  • Cognition and developmental psychology
  • Schizophrenia and how we can use our knowledge of psychology to offer treatments
  • Forensic psychology and how we can use our knowledge of psychology to apprehend and rehabilitate criminals