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What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. If you have ever wondered why some people become aggressive and commit crimes, or questioned the extent to which individuals obey a person of authority, then Psychology may be for you. Psychology will help you to gain an insight into the motivations and reasons behind a range of behaviours.

What Will You Study?

The First Year:

In the first year you will cover two units – Research Methods and Psychological Themes through Core Studies, which includes how people respond to people in authority, memory and understanding disorders.

The Second Year:
In the second year you will study further Psychological Themes through Core Studies covering further topics, such as how attention, brain functioning and moral development work, Applied Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Issues in Mental Health and Sport Psychology.

What Next?

Students wishing to pursue Psychology after College can study it at university and ultimately have the opportunity to specialise in one of the many applied areas of Psychology such as Clinical or Forensic. Further post graduate training would enable you to become an accredited Psychologist.
Psychology A Level will also enable you to pursue many other degree courses, as it relates to many other subjects, giving an insight into factors that can influence people’s behaviour. This insight will be relevant to many future careers, including, law, medicine and caring professions, human resources, teaching and marketing.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE English Language, Maths and Science.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Science, Maths, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law and PE.

Interesting Fact:

81% of Psychology students progressed to HE, 30% taking Psychology, joint Psychology or Psychology related degrees.

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