Through building their key foundational knowledge and developing skills relating to scientific enquiry, students will be encouraged to be curious about the mind and how it dictates and influences our behaviour, from communication and memory to thought and emotion. It’s about understanding what motivates people and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today.


The application of science to psychology allows it to function as both a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice, one dedicated to the study of human behaviour – and the thoughts, feelings, and motivations behind it – through observation, measurement, and testing, in order to form conclusions that are based on sound scientific methodology.


As we identify the key knowledge that students should master in psychology, we think carefully about how we want students to think as a psychologist. We want students to:

  • Develop their psychological knowledge of the theories developed by psychologists over time.
  • Develop their understanding of the processes involved in scientific enquiry and how this forms a framework by which they can begin to explain specific behaviours.
  • Understand that psychological knowledge is tentative and that different views can be used to explain the same behaviours in different ways.
  • Apply subject specific knowledge to recognise the social and ethical implications of psychological studies and theories, today and in the future.


The psychology curriculum is sequenced around the following key concepts:

  • biological
  • cognitive
  • social
  • developmental
  • individual differences
  • research methodologies

Subjects include AQA A-level Psychology

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