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About the course

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Psychologists attempt to understand human beings through careful research, which allows them to present an explanation of why people think and behave in the ways they do. A Level Psychology encourages you to think like a scientist and provides an understanding of a wide range of human behaviour.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades or equivalent (not including short courses or Citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

GCSE English Language or English Literature at score of 5. Maths at score 5 or a Science at score of 5 or above.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks.

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Why study?

Psychology is a fascinating science that attempts to explain why human beings think and behave the way they do. It has real life relevance and will be useful in a wide range of careers.

Where will this course take me?

You may progress to university an Apprenticeship or employment. Many Psychology students go on to do a Psychology degree, or related degrees such as criminology or social work. In the workplace, an understanding of human behaviour will be useful in many areas, such as management, marketing, healthcare or any role that involves working with people.

Core modules

AS Level

  • Paper 1 – Social Influence, Memory, Attachment.
  • Paper 2 – Research Methods, Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology.

A Level

  • Paper 1 – Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology.
  • Paper 2 – Research Methods, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology.
  • Paper 3 – Issues and Debates, Cognition and Development, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology, Aggression.

How will I be assessed?

Examination only
AS Level – 2x 1.5 hour exams
A Level – 3x 2 hour exams

Will I have to provide anything?

Paper, pens, folder, calculator are needed along with course texts and revision guides. A USB memory stick for saving work is advisable.

What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.