A Level in Psychology

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2023


The A level in Psychology aims to provide you with a broad understanding as to why we think and behave in the way that we do. Today psychology is seen as a science and you will be undertaking a scientific study of the brain and behaviour. You will learn to demonstrate an ability to analyse and evaluate psychological theories, findings and how to apply this knowledge.

What will I do?

In your first year, you will study the following units:

Unit 1.

  • Cognitive psychology-memory
  • Developmental psychology-early social development
  • Research methods

Unit 2.

  • Biological psychology-stress
  • Social psychology-social influence
  • Individual differences-psychopathology (abnormality)

During your second year, units will be negotiated between yourself and your lecturer:

Unit 3: Topics In Psychology (three of the following):

  • Biological rhythms and sleep
  • Perception
  • Relationships
  • Aggression
  • Eating behaviour
  • Gender
  • Intelligence and Learning
  • Cognition and development

Unit 4: Psychopathology.

  • Schizophrenia

Your lectures will involve you in acquiring knowledge and understanding of psychological theories. You will learn to demonstrate an ability to analyse and evaluate psychological theories, findings and how to apply this knowledge. This will be achieved by group discussions, debates, practical experiments and written work. You will learn the 'language' of 'how science works', which is invaluable in psychology where evidence is paramount if a theory, is to be taken seriously.

The entry qualifications for the A level in Psychology are five GCSEs at grade 5 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) including English and Maths at grades 6 or above (Old GCSE grade B or above) or equivalent.

The A level in Psychology will take you two years to complete. You will study at college for a minimum of four days a week.

The A level in Psychology is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: Β£2225
Year 1, AS Level - Β£811.
Year 2, A Level - Β£1414.

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the first day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment, you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning Β£27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

During the A level in Psychology, you will be assessed through five written examinations.

In your first year you will take two papers, and during your second year you will take three.

You will have a Personal Tutor to help guide and support your learning. Information on study skills and access to study support groups is available if required.

A level Psychology combines well with biological and social science. The course will serve you well in any career where understanding behaviour is helpful, such as teaching, medicine, social work, business and management, the uniformed services as well as various therapies.

There are no specific costs but students may be asked to contribute towards educational visits and other activities.

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