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A level Psychology provides students with unique insight into an exploration of the human mind. The core modules studied in year 12 allow students to study topics such as OCD, phobias and depression. They also investigate the issues surrounding human memory, developmental (child) psychology and social influence. Students will be supported in their learning throughout the two years and will understand the process of research and conduct some experiments themselves while also developing a firm understanding of the key approaches in psychology. These exciting modules prepare our budding psychologists to explain any behaviour in any social group with theoretical backing.

Students are encouraged to develop their independent learning skills by working systematically through a structured set of extended learning tasks. As they progress on this course, they will learn more about critical issues related to the human mind and behaviour by exploring the physiological and psychological explanations on specific issues such as biological rhythms, addictive behaviours, and the wonder that is schizophrenia. OBA Psychology lessons prepare students for the future, providing them with the skills and knowledge of a highly transferable subject.


Some students go on to complete a degree in psychology but others pursue a degree in a related field such as criminology and forensic science, therapy and counselling, law and teaching. There are also applied areas of psychology for students who know exactly what they want to study. Examples include (but are not limited to): clinical, educational, occupational, sport, counselling and forensic psychology.

Contact the staff

Mr G Richards
Curriculum Team Leader

Ms H Manji
Teacher of Psychology
Head of Sixth Form

Mr L Drew
Teacher of Psychology
Assistant Principal

  • Social influence
    Human memory
    Psychopathology (depression, OCD and phobias)
    Research methods
  • Biopsychology
    Issues and debates in psychology
    Addictive behaviours
    Scientific methods.

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