Psychology remains the fourth most popular A-level subject in England as exam candidates increased by 2000 (4 per cent) this year from 54,818 to 57,014 students.
The pass rate for Psychology A-level also improved with 71 per cent of entrants achieving a grade from A* to C, compared to 69 per cent in 2014.
Professor Dorothy Miell, Vice President of the British Psychological Society, said:
“A key objective for the Society is to encourage the development of psychology education, including at pre-tertiary level. We are pleased the figures show an upward trend in the numbers taking Psychology at A-level.”
The number of candidates taking AS level Psychology increased by 2 per cent to 103,476.
The Society encourages the study of Psychology as part of its role in advancing the knowledge base of psychology through education. Studying psychology at A-Level can provide a good introduction to psychology and preparation for degree-level study.
Undergraduate courses that are accredited by the British Psychological Society confer eligibility for Graduate membership, the first step to a professional career as a psychologist.