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ITS Tutorial School has offered top A-level Psychology support since 2005. We are the only tutorial school in Hong Kong also licensed to run the A-level exams by Pearson. You can take both International A-levels and some GCE subjects as well. Thousands of students have taken private tuition with our Psychology tutors to date. You can either:

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Why choose Edexcel International A-level Psychology?

This course aims to give you the skills to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Psychology and how they relate to each other
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills in using scientific methods
  • develop competence and confidence in using a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
  • develop your interest in and enthusiasm for Psychology
  • appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how Psychology contributes to the success of the economy and society.

This qualification is 100% externally assessed by examination and has a modular structure, with three exam sessions each year in October, January and June (not all subjects are available in each exam session). A table of the course structure can be found at the bottom of the page.

Why choose ITS for tuition or full time study ?
  • Value for money
  • Easy accessibility – all lessons can be taken either here at our school or online
  • Flexible learning – choose when, where and how you learn
  • Individualized for YOU – pick and choose from our add-on services according to your needs
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers from an official centre
  • Latest specifications – we are an official centre for this qualification
  • Full support services – our counsellors can guide you through the course and on to the next step
  • The course content may be relevant to a variety of exams (SATII, IB, AQA, OCR, CIE) and school study. See the unit description for more detail on the content
What are the prerequisites of this course?

First and foremost, to study an IAL in Psychology you must have a keen interest in the human behaviour, a curious mind and the ability to evaluate evidence and arguments. You do not need to have studied psychology before, although previous study at GCSE level may be useful. 

What can I do with an A-level in Psychology?

You can go on to university courses like an honours degrees in Psychology, or go on to degrees like Medicine, Politics, Law, Social Work and applied Business. 

The skills learned by studying psychology are relevant to many careers across a diverse field, including sport, education, business, social work and medicine, among others.

For more information on specific university requirements related to A-levels, please see our A-levels FAQ page

For more information on applying to UK universities, see our UCAS page.

If you are an international student taking A-levels the basic offer is made for 3 A-level subjects. It is very important when choosing these subjects that you understand what options you will have for university when the time comes. ITS has a long-established, highly experienced counselling team who can help you make these decisions and plan your academic course. But to start with, try out this excellent tool from the Russel Group which helps you experiment with your subject choices. Then come and see us.

How is the course structured?

You can find the Edexcel course specification here.

The course consists of four units – two IAS and two IAL units (you choose one topic in each AL unit). .

Find our FAQ's for Edexcel International A-levels here.

Topic and assessment overview 

IAL Psychology topics at a glance

IAS Unit 1. Social and Cognitive Psychology

IAS Unit 2. Biological Psychology, Learning Theories and Development

IAL Unit 3. Applications of Psychology


    • Developmental Psychology
    • Criminological Psychology
    • Health Psychology

IAL Unit 4. Clinical Psychology and Psychological Skills


Assessment in January, June and October

  • External assessment: written examination

IAS Unit 1 – 64 marks, 1 hour 30 minute examination time

IAS Unit 2 – 96 marks, 2 hour examination time

IAL Unit 3 – 64 marks, 1 hour 30 minute examination time

IAL Unit 4 – 96 marks, 2 hour examination time

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