Psychology B (2185)

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

AS and A-level Psychology (7181, 7182)

A-level Psychology B provides students with a sound understanding of the various methods and approaches used in Psychology. It is designed to develop students' critical thinking skills and will prepare them for higher level study. We aim to develop students' ability to interpret, evaluate and comment. Students are encouraged to develop an in-depth knowledge of core topics. This specification also allows them to demonstrate the ability to use scientific methodology in the context of psychology.

There is no requirement for prior knowledge of Psychology when embarking on this course. However, the specification builds on knowledge and understanding included within the GCSE Psychology course, with some topics covered in greater depth and new topic areas to stimulate interests.

This course is fully examined, with no coursework. Question papers will assess students' ability to apply their knowledge rather than just the ability to learn material.

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 B
Specification code 2185
Certification code 1186 AS
2186 A2
QAN codes 50025429

Updates to Psychology B (2185)

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

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