A Level

Course overview

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour. You will look at different explanations for the way in which humans (and non-humans) behave. You will also spend time analysing evidence and theories and comparing research in order to be able to reach conclusions about a variety of topics including mental illness and relationships.



You’ll look at how ideas and theories in each area of Psychology have developed, learn how to critically analyse evidence, and undertake some practical research.

During your studies, you will have the chance to visit local university psychology faculties, and outside speakers will also visit the College to offer particular insight into different areas of the subject.

5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C (9 to 4), including English Language, another academic subject and Grade B (5 to 6) in both maths and science.


  • Paper 1: Memory, attachment, social influence – including why we conform and obey within society.
  • Paper 2: Approaches in psychology, research methods, psychopathology – including explanations & treatments of phobias, depression and OCD.

A Level

  • Paper 1: AS content of memory, attachment, social influence and psychopathology.
  • Paper 2: AS content of approaches and research methods with additions, alongside biopsychology – including localisation and split-brain research.
  • Paper 3: Issues & debates, cognition & development, schizophrenia and forensic psychology – including profiling serial killers and explanations of crime.

Higher Education routes include: Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Business Management, Psychiatry and Teaching.

This A Level is an excellent basis for further study in the area of Psychology, or as a useful tool in many areas of study or employment, including: the Police force, Nursing, Business Management, Human Resources (HR), Hospitality, Counselling, Social Work, the Prison Service and Criminology.

Exam-based assessment. Two, 1 hour 30 minute exams at the end of the first year, and three, two hour exams at the end of the second year.

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