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Psychology – A Level


Level 3



Type of study

School Leavers




2 Years

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. You will gain an understanding of the process of planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research. You will also be introduced to classic and contemporary research within five key areas of psychology: social (influence from others), developmental (children’s development), cognitive (thought processes), individual differences (mental disorders) and biological (physical systems). 

Five GCSEs at grade 9 –4, including a grade 5 or above in English, Science and Maths.  BTEC Level 2 qualifications considered in subject related courses


Research methods (experiments, observations, self-reports and correlations) 

Social psychology (obedience and helping behaviour), developmental psychology (aggression and moral development), cognitive psychology (attention and memory), biological psychology (perception and split brains) and individual differences psychology (phobias and autism) 

Applied psychology (schizophrenia, abnormality, crime scene processing, police procedures to interview witnesses, problem solving abilities in children and childhood attachments) 


Three papers at the end of two years 


Potential career paths include therapy, counselling, scientific research, advertising, health and social care. 


Throughout the duration of your course, there will be various external speakers invited in to the college to help enhance your understanding of the subject 


You will be taught in our Andover Sixth building and will have access to many different facilities, including: 2 study centres, a Library, A canteen and the Careers Hub.