Course Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English Language & Mathematics.
Science requirement – GCSE grade 55 in Combined Science or GCSE grade 5 in Biology plus one more grade 5 from Chemistry/Physics.


This is an engaging subject taught by enthusiastic, experienced staff. It involves the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. You will develop skills valued by universities and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

What you will study

Memory. Attachment, Social Influence, Psychopathology, The Approaches, Biopsychology, Research Methods, Issues & Debates, Cognition and Development, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.


Three examinations at the end of year two
Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology
Paper 2: Psychology in context
Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology

Course Support

  • Well-qualified, enthusiastic and experienced staff including AQA examiners
  • A variety of teaching and learning styles • High quality learning resources tailored to students’ needs
  • One-to-one and group tutorials
  • Assessments against exam criteria and constructive feedback
  • Regular progress meetings and action plans for continuous improvement
  • ‘Stretch and Challenge’ activities for our more able learners

Enrichment Activities

  • Trips and visits
  • Specialist lectures organised by the exam board
  • Workshops and lectures from guest speakers and practitioners


An A Level in Psychology can take you anywhere. It is one of the most transferable subjects you can study providing you with a variety of skills. Over a third of our students progress onto Psychology degrees with the intention of becoming psychologists.

Career Opportunities

Students have also progressed on to careers in medicine, vet science and a range of health professions, dentistry, law, teaching, business, sport and the media to name but a few.

Further Information

A Level Psychology course leaflet

exam board course specification


What Our Students Say

I have enjoyed every minute of my time at Carmel College. Pushing myself out my comfort zone and taking a bigger step was the best decision I made, coming from a school which provided a sixth form.

Over the last two years, I have been studying Law, Psychology and English Language which have all provided me with the advanced skills I have moving forward. In particular, Psychology has been a huge eye opener allowing me to study a range of fascinating topics. From learning about attachment in infants and caregivers to why criminals offend. I couldn't recommend studying this subject more. It allows you to understand how us as humans operate and respond in the way that we do; providing me with in-depth knowledge and key exam skills preparing me for my upcoming a-levels.

Progressing onwards from Carmel College, I was lucky enough to be accepted by all five of my university choices to study Law; my firm choice being University of Liverpool. The skills I have acquired throughout my studies have enabled me to have the confidence of reaching the grades I need. My teachers at Carmel College have provided me with endless support and expertise which I will have with me for a long time.

Bella Houghton

Psychology Bella Houghton