Back to top

La Retraithe Sixth Form


Studying Psychology at the La Retraite 6

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: GCSE Level 7 in English, Maths and Science

Why study this course?

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and includes many subfields of research such as health, clinical, social, developmental, cognitive, and biological processes. This course allows students to develop a range of independent learning skills such as organisation, mathematical, research, examination, writing and design, that are modelled in class and sequenced across Years 12 and 13.

A Level Psychology can lead to a number of rewarding professions, including: » Routes into medicine and the NHS » Educational psychologist » Clinical psychologist » Neuropsychology » Health psychology » Business psychology.

What will I learn?

Upon successful enrolment students are set off on the summer tasks that begin in June to give them a deep dive in to the subject developing their curiosity, independent learning skills, using virtual and media resources.

In the first year, students are introduced to a range of fields in Psychology such as social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology, the main approaches, research methods and biopsychology. Students are taught how to apply their knowledge to scenarios this ensures that they secure their understanding and develop confidence as academic Psychology learners.

Current research directs us that there is a mental health crisis looming with rising rates of anxiety, depression, and addictions. In addition to this, the course reflects current British Values such as democracy and law by the options chosen in the second year of study such as gender, addiction, and schizophrenia.

A range of issues and debates are examined synoptically during this course such as freewill and determinism, the use of idiographic vs nomothetic approaches and ethical implications of research.

How will I be taught?

Students are provided with devices, gain access to digital textbooks and work is set digitally over the two-year course. Therefore, full digital access to all materials is given. Further to this paper- based assessments are encouraged to support deeper processing and learning.

Students are taught using a variety of methods to suit a range of learning styles such as visually, auditorily, reading/writing, kinaesthetically, solitarily, and socially. Whilst they may have a preferred learning style all of these are encompassed to build their confidence in the range of skills required in Psychology.

Online learning platforms are used, and paper-based options are provided to suit individual learners. Students complete practice questions every lesson with models, mark schemes and a consistently reflective approach. Students are well resourced and given support to strengthen their understanding from regular feedback.

How many hours a week of private study are recommended?

Students must spend at least 6 hours per week completing research, independent study, revision exercises and self-assessment to well prepare and secure their learning for Psychology.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

“You are what you do, not what you say you will do” -C.G. Jung

Course description

  • Introductory Topics in Psychology - social influence, memory, attachment, and psychology.
  • Psychology in Context - approaches, biopsychology, and research methods.
  • Issues and Options in Psychology - gender, schizophrenia, and addiction.


PAPER 1 — INTRODUCTORY TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY Comprised of a 2-hour exam worth one-third of the total grade, students are required to answer questions on social influence, memory, attachment, and psychology.

PAPER 2 — PSYCHOLOGY IN CONTEXT Comprised of a 2-hour exam worth one-third of the total grade, students are required to answer questions on approaches, biopsychology, and research methods.

PAPER 3 — ISSUES AND OPTIONS IN PSYCHOLOGY Comprised of a 2-hour exam worth one-third of the total grade, students are required to answer questions on issues and debates, gender, schizophrenia, and addiction.


All papers assess written communication, mathematics, statistics, and research methods.

All papers and sections require AO1 (knowledge), AO2 (application) & AO3 skills (discussion).