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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration Two years
Code
Awarding Body AQA
Level A-level
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

Psychology is life, life is Psychology. If you have you ever wanted to understand how a profile of a criminal is constructed or explore why some people act more impulsively than others, then Psychology is for you!

This course allows for progression onto studying at undergraduate level at university.

A Level Pathways

If you are interested in proceeding with A Levels then then you have 4 different pathways that you can choose from. With each pathway you must choose 3 A Levels. Other combinations are available.

Pathway 1A                        Pathway 1B                    Pathway 1C

Biology                                    Biology                                 English

English                                    English                                Psychology

Psychology                             Sociology                            Sociology

Pathway 2A                       Pathway 2B                    Pathway 2C

Biology                                   Biology                                Computer Science

Chemistry                              Physics                                Physics

Maths                                     Maths                                   Maths

Pathway 3A

Media

Psychology

Sociology

Pathway 4A                      Pathway 4B

Business                                Business

Government & Politics       Economics

Law                                         Maths

What you'll study

This is a two year course with three exams at the end of Year Two.

Compulsory content:
  1. Social influence
  2. Memory
  3. Attachment
  4. Psychopathology
  5. Approaches in Psychology
  6. Biopsychology
  7. Research methods
  8. Issues and debates in Psychology
Optional content (to be decided by the tutor): Option 1
  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development
Option 2
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress
Option 3
  • Aggression
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Addiction
  • Gather your own psychological data
  • Use statistics to analyse data
  • Work with others
  • Prepare and give presentations
  • Work independently in and out of class (using Moodle)
  • Learn a whole new language – the language Psychologists use.
  • This is a two year course with three exams at the end of Year Two.

    Compulsory content:
    1. Social influence
    2. Memory
    3. Attachment
    4. Psychopathology
    5. Approaches in Psychology
    6. Biopsychology
    7. Research methods
    8. Issues and debates in Psychology
    Optional content (to be decided by the tutor): Option 1
    • Relationships
    • Gender
    • Cognition and development
    Option 2
    • Schizophrenia
    • Eating behaviour
    • Stress
    Option 3
    • Aggression
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Addiction
    • Gather your own psychological data
    • Use statistics to analyse data
    • Work with others
    • Prepare and give presentations
    • Work independently in and out of class (using Moodle)
    • Learn a whole new language – the language Psychologists use.

Assessment

There will be three exam papers at the end of the two years of study. Each paper will be two hours long and has equal weighting (33.3%) towards the final grade.
Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology
Paper 2: Psychology in context
Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology.

Entry requirements

GCSEs
English and Maths at Grade 5

Five GCSE’s at grade 5 or above, which must include Maths and English Language.  If an A Level Pathway which contains Science or Maths is chosen, you must have a 6 in these subjects. 

Next steps

You will develop skills in:

  • Communication
  • Organisational
  • Time management
  • Social
  • Scientific report writing
  • English and Mathematics.
Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

2019/20: £1,049

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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