Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It relates to every aspect of our daily lives, as it helps us to understand the world we live in and predict the behaviour of the people around us.  The course will cover the research methods and statistical techniques which psychologists use to investigate behaviour.  Topics explored include obedience, prejudice, memory, learning and aggression.  Students will conduct practical investigations linked to these topics, and will consider the real-world applications of the theories that they study.

What goes well with this course?

Most subjects have some relevance to Psychology as studying Psychology helps us understand the thoughts and behaviour of other people.  Combinations could include:

  • Law
  • Sociology
  • PE
  • Health & Social Care
  • English Literature
  • Art (Fine Art)
  • Biology
  • History
  • Politics
  • Philosophy

Progression

The field of Psychology is vast as it encapsulates all human behaviour. It is an extremely well-respected and valued subject by employers, businesses and higher education establishments. It is considered to be a science, yet its students are required to have many other skill sets, including essay writing.

Occupations that are commonly associated with Psychology include:

  • The Civil Service
  • Law & The Police Service
  • Sport
  • Medicine, Nursing & Social Work
  • Education
  • Human Resources & Marketing
  • Counselling Services

Course Content

Students will need to understand and evaluate the main principles of various approaches in Psychology.  They will study Cognitive, Biological, Social and Behaviourist explanations of behaviour, and learn how these ideas can be applied to modern day issues in society.  They will learn to apply their mathematical and scientific skills in their own practical investigations. The course also requires students to produce pieces of extended writing. Students will learn to apply their knowledge in the fields of Clinical, Criminological and Forensic Psychology.  They will also develop their knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis of data.  

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Psychology students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. These have included:

  • A visit to London Zoo to see how behaviourism is used to train animals with regards to feeding and receiving medical treatment
  • A trip to Bethlem Hospital to learn about ethical issues in the treatment of mental illness
  • An excursion to the Freud Museum in London

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.

Assessment

This course is 100% examination based. There are three exams for the A Level course.

The exam board for Psychology A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 5 in English Language and at least one Science subject (5,5 Combined Science), and
  • Grade 4 in Maths

This is a new subject for most students, and therefore students must be prepared to learn a large number of new and complex concepts relatively quickly.

This course suits students who are:

  • Self-disciplined
  • Open to new ideas
  • Able to express ideas verbally
  • Able to analyse data
  • Able to work independently or as a group
  • Organised in the way they structure their class notes
  • Able to evaluate using empirical evidence

Students should be good at written and spoken communication, as well as competent with data analysis.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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