Psychology A (2180)

This is our previous specification.
For our new specifications see:

AS and A-level Psychology (7181, 7182)

Psychology specification A introduces students to the broad range of Psychology topics.

This course of study comprises two written units at AS and two at A-level, with no coursework. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students' transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

At AS the specification offers a broad range of topics, with research methods in context.

At A2 there is a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary Psychology. Teachers can select a route through A2 to suit the needs and interest of their students.

New specification for first teaching September 2015

A new Psychology specification is currently being developed, ready for first teaching in September 2015.

You can find out more about the specification at our free launch meetings, available to sign up to on our Professional development page.

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Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


The last January exams for AS and A2 were in January 2013.
The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.

Codes and references

Qualification type AS and A-level
Specification title Psychology A
Specification code 2180
Certification code 1181 AS
2181 A2
QAN codes 50024991

Updates to Psychology A (2180)

When there are changes to the specification, updates appear here.

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