Psychology

Head of Department: Paul Cline

Exam board: Edexcel

Psychology A-level is a linear course which consists of three papers. Paper 1 focuses on social, cognitive and biological psychology and learning theories.
It looks at topics such as obedience and prejudice, theories about how memory works and why we forget, aggression, brain functioning and criminal behaviour, conditioning, social learning and phobias.

Paper 2 looks at the way in which psychology can be applied in real world settings and situations which relate to vocational contexts in which a psychology graduate may operate. It covers aspects of clinical psychology including schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, their causes and treatments, as well as criminal psychology which considers different explanations for why people turn to crime, how to treat offenders, and the psychology of the courtroom.


Paper 3 reviews methodology, research studies and wider issues plus debates in psychology. Students will develop transferable skills to support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to
employment. This includes law, biomedical science, psychology and social sciences, business and economics, sport and exercise science, biology and statistics.


Exams consist of three 2 hour papers which include a mix of short-answer questions, calculations, data interpretation and extended responses.

Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Psychology achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2017, 2018 and 2019) A* 8%, A*-A 32%, A*-B 62%, A*-C 91%