A2 Psychology follows on from the AS Psychology AQA A course. You must have passed the AS course with a grade D or above to progress onto A2. The A2 Psychology specification will give you an opportunity to study some of the AS level topics in more detail for example the main approaches in Psychology and research methods. There are also new areas to be studied including aggression, media psychology and depression. Each topic is studied in more depth at A2 and you will be required to write more detailed analytical essays.
A2 Psychology modules include:
- Unit 3: Topics in Psychology including Aggression, Gender and Relationships and Eating Behaviour
- Unit 4: Psychopathology (Depression), Psychology in Action (Media Psychology) and Research Methods.
A2 Psychology will be assessed via one two hour exam and a one and a half hour exam in June
A2 Psychology gives learners the opportunity to further develop a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly transferable to further study and the workplace.
Students need to have passed the AS AQA A Psychology course with a grade D or above.
Students who have studied psychology often go on to Higher Education to study for degrees in Psychology, Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology, Media, Law or other Humanities related courses. Psychology is particularly relevant for careers that are people based such as, Health and Social Care, Human Resources, Advertising, Business, Social Work or Politics.