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. 


Course Structure

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


Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C/4 (including English Language) and Grade C/5 in Mathematics. If English Language is a grade 3 you will be able to study it again alongside your main programme.

How Will I Learn?

Teaching methods will include:  
  • Textbooks
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) (Moodle) resources
  • Online activities and assessments
  • Video lessons
  • Practical activities
  • Group sessions - discussions, debates, group-work, independent work, applying, analysing and evaluating all you learn.

Skills You Will Develop

  • 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.

Expect Also To

  • 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.

How You Will Be Assessed

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.

Things You May Need

You will need stationery and a course file to organise your work. 


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].