Highgrove Education

A level Psychology

Our International A level in Psychology is your ticket to uncovering the mysteries of the mind. In the AS level, you’ll explore the complexities of human behaviour and thought processes, then dive into biological psychology, where you’ll grasp the secrets of how we learn and grow. As you progress to the A2 level, you’ll delve into developmental psychology, criminological psychology and clinical psychology, understanding human growth and the forces that shape behaviour. Whether you aspire to become a psychologist, counsellor, or simply want to decode the complexities of human behaviour, this course unlocks the door to the captivating world of psychology!

A level Psychology

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational AS Psychology, International A level Psychology
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJanuary and June

Online school, full time or part time

Course lengthCourse length: 1 year AS Psychology, then 1 year A level Psychology
Weekly study timeWeekly study time: 2 x 45-minute live lessons, 5 x 45-minute self-study lessons (including allocated reading time), 1 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 10
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Recommended: Approximately 100 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 260 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 50 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible

AS Level

Unit 1: Social and cognitive psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
Unit 2: Biological psychology, learning theories and development
  • Biological psychology
  • Learning theories and development

A2 Level

Unit 3: Practical Skills in Psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Criminological psychology
Unit 4: Clinical psychology and psychological skills
  • Clinical psychology
  • Psychological skills

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International Psychology A level Specification: click here


  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for Psychology A level


  • A minimum grade 6 in GCSE Maths, and a strong set of GCSE grades, including several at grade 7 or above.

Year 12 International AS

2 Exams(90 minutes each exam)
Paper 1Social and cognitive psychology (50% of the total of AS, 25% of the total of A level)
Paper 2Biological psychology, learning theories and development (50% of the total of A2, 25% of the total of A level)

Year 13 International A level

2 Exams(120 minutes each exam)
Paper 3 Business decisions and strategy (25% of the total of A level)
Paper 4 Global business (25% of the total of A level)

Progression to University

A Psychology A level is essential for various university courses, including psychology, counselling, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and educational psychology. It serves as a foundational qualification for careers in mental health, research, and therapeutic professions. Additionally, a Psychology A level is valuable for courses in social work, sociology, and education, as it provides a strong understanding of human behaviour and psychological principles. It can be a supporting A level for a wide range of humanities and science degree courses.

Pupils looking to study Psychology at university may find that taking another science and/or mathematics at A level is advantageous.

We also offer the following A levels

Our core A level subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher: 

We have an even wider selection of A levels available via our independent learning and tutoring programmes, including: