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Psychology offers both a scientific and a nonscientific approach to studying human beings. It is generally defined as the study of mind, brain and behaviour, only two of which are observable from the outside, with the human mind remaining a mystery which psychologists have studied for the last 150 years. Psychology combines well with science subjects and also with a more essay based subject profile.

AQA 7182

PsychologyPsychology is the ideal bridging subject between arts and science subjects. Psychology trains humanities students to think scientifically and helps science students learn how to write essays. It teaches a range of valuable skills.

You will learn to design scientific research and analyse quantitative and qualitative data from your own investigations and how to evaluate the research findings of others. You will also construct arguments based on psychological evidence and debate complex issues.

Beyond the classroom, a range of trips are offered such as The Freud Museum, The Old Bailey and Auschwitz.

Students have enjoyed combining psychology with subjects as diverse as music, English literature, physics, economics and history

Previous students have gone on to study medicine, natural sciences, philosophy, sociology and more broad-based social science courses. Others have opted for pure psychology degrees. Career paths in psychology include clinical psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, educational psychology and academic research.


Paper 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology

Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods

Paper 3: Issues and Debates in Psychology, plus one option from Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development, one option from Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour and Stress, plus one option from Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction.


Paper 1

2 hours, 33.3%

Introductory Topics in Psychology. 

Written exam, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 2

2 hours,  33.3%

Psychology in Context.

Written exam, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 3

2 hours 33.3% 

Issues and Options in Psychology.

Written exam, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.