Why choose A Level Psychology

Students will be expected to have met St Paul’s entry requirements of 2 Grade 5’s and 4 Grade 4’s. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is essential for all courses.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. It is diverse and has a huge impact on all areas of life, particularly in areas such as education, health, the economy, industry and crime.

Why study Psychology?

Psychology has assumed an increasingly important role in solving human problems as society has become progressively more complex. Psychologists are concerned with a variety of problems.

What child-rearing methods produce happy and effective adults? How can mental illness be prevented? What can be done to improve memory? What family and social conditions contribute to alienation, aggression and crime.

Taking an A level in psychology will give you a good grounding in the subject and fascinating insights into the human mind. The course is both challenging and stimulating. An exploration of various approaches, the broad range of exciting topic areas allows students to apply their learning to everyday life. As you study the A-level Psychology course you will gain an understanding of the main issues that arise from various psychological methods, approaches and look at the ways in which psychology can be applied.

Skills acquired in Psychology

Psychology provides many transferable skills such as problem solving, data analysis and written skills which are very useful not just to careers in psychology and health care, but in many other jobs and professions that rely on people skills and communication. As you discover how others think, you’ll also be gaining an insight into your own psyche and behavioural traits, which is a valuable asset in both your personal and working life.

Assessment Board: AQA

All 3 Exams at the end of the 2-year Course

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind that helps us understand the world in which we live. It is an academic subject that is unique in that it complements a wide range of other subjects from the arts to the sciences. Do you want to understand what makes a murderer? Would you like to conduct scientific research? Would you make a good eye-witness? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then psychology is the subject for you.


Many students progress to a psychology-related degree at university. These degrees can open doors to careers in areas of psychology such as clinical, forensic, child, educational, occupational and sport psychology.

There are also many transferable skills associated with the study of Psychology. For example, whatever career path you choose, you will have a better understanding of human behaviour and how it applies to the workplace.

For further information, please contact:

Mrs Bans (mbans@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk)