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A Level, Level 3

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind, behaviour and experience. As such, it attempts to investigate, understand and explain behaviours such as obedience, aggression, relationships and attachment.

The course consists of three exams at the end of two years, and the course will develop your academic skills in ways that will benefit you in the future, regardless of whether you go on to a career in Psychology.

Psychology is suitable for anyone who is interested in understanding what motivates human behaviour, as we will look at many aspects of this in depth.

You do not need to have studied Psychology before, but you must be prepared to research, read, work hard, and have an open mind. It is advisable to study Core Maths alongside this course, due to the research methods component of course.

If you intend to study Psychology at degree-level, it is recommended that you also study A Level Biology. Some universities require A Level Biology as a facilitating subject for applications to study Psychology, whereas others require one A Level qualification in Mathematics or Science.

You will cover a variety of subjects, including:

  • Memory and Eyewitness Testimony
  • Psychopathology (Depression, OCD and Phobias)
  • Conformity and Obedience
  • The Formation, Maintenance and Breakdown of Relationships
  • Aggression
  • Schizophrenia

Many of our students progress to study a University degree.

Potential Careers

  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Psychologist

4 GCSEs at Grade 5 (or above), plus Grade 4 (or above) in English. Grade 5 is recommended in GCSE Science.

If you have not achieved a Grade 4 in Mathematics, you will be required to continue studying this alongside your course.

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