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Psychology A Level

This very popular and highly considered course is for people who want to explore and evaluate a wide range of human behaviours from a variety of different, and often conflicting, perspectives. Whilst we do not teach you how to read people’s minds, the course will challenge you and help you to develop a better understanding of yourself and those around you.

You will be required to learn a number of detailed psychological studies and to develop a strong critical awareness of the research methods used. Other key concepts we engage with include ethics, gender bias and the question of free will. This is a scientific course and it is an excellent way to develop your powers of analysis and evaluation of what may first appear to be common sense assumptions.

+ Course details and future career paths

Year 1: Introducing Psychology as an academic discipline, exploring areas ranging from memory to obedience. There is a strong emphasis on application and the use of research methods.

Year 2: Applying psychological theory to explain topics such as schizophrenia, stress, cognitive development and gender. We will also look at the applied field of forensic psychology and discuss current issues and debates including: freewill and determinism.

Paper 1 Introductory topics in Psychology

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2 Psychology in context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods

Paper 3 Issues and options in Psychology

  • Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensics
  • Issues and debates in psychology

+ Progression

The skills and knowledge acquired through studying Psychology provide a strong basis for University aspiring students. It is also a suitable course for those who wish to pursue immediate employment. The course provides a useful background for nursing, human resources and teaching. Some students follow through their interest and work in applied areas of psychology: forensic psychology, criminology, counselling, educational psychology, support within health areas, and sport and exercise psychology. Others use skills learnt about human behaviour to progress into relevant disciplines with business, marketing or training.


How to find us.

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Phone: 01980 652 467