Psychology A Level


Psychology develops a student’s independent learning and critical thinking ability through the following ways:

  • By appreciating how psychological knowledge and understanding develops over time and how this knowledge can be applied to real life situations such as the Holocaust, imitation of aggressive behaviour, and the language of criminals.
  • By gaining hands on experience of a range of different research methods encouraging active learning.
  • By developing an understanding of how to undertake social sensitive and ethically correct psychological research.

Key Staff

Miss Blake


Research Methods

Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.

Psychological themes through core studies.

Introducing some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study.

Applied Psychology

Compulsory section on issues in mental health.

Students also study two out of the following applied options:

  • Child Psychology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology

  • Year 12: Psychological themes through cores studies and research methods
  • Year 13: Applied psychology and research methods

Further Information

A Level specification

For further information regarding studying A Level Psychology at Heartlands Academy, please contact: Miss Bhuttay

Mr Hussain

Mr Hussain

Head of Social Sciences