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Key Stage 5

Students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues.
  • Apply their new found knowledge in a range of contexts with analysis and evaluation.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of certain therapies and treatments.
  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills.

Psychology is assessed by external examination only. At the end of the second year students will sit three 2 hour exams. There is no coursework.

Overall at least 10% of the marks in assessments for Psychology will require the use of mathematical skills and will be at least the standard of higher GCSE mathematics. 


The minimum entry requirements for level 3 academic study apply. In addition, applicants will require a Grade 6 in English and a Grade 5 in Maths.

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