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Ribston Hall High School

Ribston HallHigh School

Teachers: Mrs M Steward, Mrs T Haigh.

A Level 

Examination Board: AQA A Level Psychology 

Studying Psychology gives students an insight into the working of the human mind and how this affects aspects of our everyday lives. It will inform students about the methods that psychologists use. An understanding of psychology is invaluable for all careers that involve working with people and will help those choosing to pursue a University career that includes Psychology to make an informed choice about their future courses.  

Students who have studied A level Psychology at Ribston Hall have gone on to study a wide range of subjects (such as medicine) at leading Universities including both Oxford and Cambridge. In addition, a number of students have continued on from undergraduate degrees in Psychology to post graduate qualifications and former students are now working in the fields of Clinical, Health, Forensic, Occupational and Educational Psychology. 

The subject is offered at A Level at Ribston Hall High School. The A level qualification is assessed by three examinations which are taken at the end of the two-year course. Each paper is assessed written exam: 2 hours 96 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level.  A mixture of multiple choice, short answers and extended writing answers (essays).  

Paper 1:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2: 

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods

Paper 3: 

  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic psychology