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Nottingham Girls' Academy


Head of Department - Mrs A Evans

Mrs J Evans


Pupils doing a GCSE in Psychology will cover three units, all of which are assessed by examination only.

Unit one consists of the study of sex and gender, memory, attachment, obedience and phobias.

Unit two covers criminal behaviour, perception, cognitive development, non-verbal communication and the self.

Unit three is dedicated to research in psychology and how research is planned and carried out.

Pupils opting to take Psychology are expected to be performing on target in English and Maths. Psychology would complement other options such as history, geography, business and media studies.


What we will study

Candidates will engage in the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour and in doing so, will develop a broad knowledge/understanding of the core areas of psychology (social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences) through a range of popular and accessible topics such as memory, attachment, schizophrenia and addiction.

Students will study the following units as part of their two year course.

AS Assessment

Unit 1 - Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

Unit 2 - Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

A2 Assessment

Unit 3 – Topics in Psychology, Eating Behaviour, Relationships, Aggression and Biological Rhythms/Sleep

Unit 4 - Psychotherapy, Psychology in Action and Research Methods. Topics included: Mental Illness, Media Psychology, The Psychology of Addictive Behaviour, Anomalistic Psychology.

Additional entry requirements: Students will need a minimum grade C Double Science or minimum and a C in GCSE English.

How you will be assessed

The Psychology A-level is 100% examination and each component is worth 25% of your overall grade.

Who should do the course?

Pupils with an interest in human behaviour and the workings of the mind and brain. The course suits candidates who are enthusiastic and have motivation to work hard and develop their independence skills.

Where can the course lead?

Psychology is an excellent qualification and is related to many further educational courses and employment sectors. Pupils who have studied Psychology may go on to work in research, business, teaching, journalism, social work, nursing, the police and many more.