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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 1 – Health and Care

  • Biology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

or

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • ODP

 

Pathway 2 – Science and Technology

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Computer science

or

  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Vet Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • ICT

 

Pathway 3 – Business and Law

  • Business
  • Law
  • Government and Politics
  • Maths
  • Economics

or

  • Business and management
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Accounting

 

Pathway 4 – Humanities & Social Science

  • Sociology B
  • Psychology
  • History
  • English Lang/Lit

or

  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Counselling
  • Peace Studies
  • Politics

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

For learners wishing to enrol on one of the A Levels in September 2021 there is a minimum entry criteria of 5.6 based on an Average Points Score across a learners GCSE results.  A Calculation is made based on all GCSEs taken against grades per subject to confirm the final score.  For example if you sat 8 GSCEs and received a grade 5 for each subject then your overall APS would be 5.67.  For more information please contact the admissions team.

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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