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PsychologyWhat makes people tick? Why do some people behave the way they do?  Why do different things affect your mood and confidence? Ever wondered if prison really does change criminal behaviour? Or why some people conform? Or perhaps if the experiences you had before the age of five really do shape the person you are today?

If you've ever spent time thinking about these puzzles, psychology might be for you. Psychologists could hold the answers. And if they don’t yet, you can be sure they are looking for them.

What is psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Psychologists observe and conduct experiments to find out more about the way people act and interact. They try to understand what motivates, challenges or changes us and use this understanding to help us tackle personal and social problems.


Main Topics Covered

Year 12

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods                                                   

Year 13

 Issues and debates in psychology

  • Option one - Gender
  • Option two - Schizophrenia
  • Option three - Aggression


Exam Specifications

A Level Psychology AQA Exam Specification

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