Psychology A Level
|Mode of study
|Academic A Level
|Welsh Bridge Campus
|2 September 2024
A minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above, including English Language and Maths. Grade 4 or above in any GCSE Science subject, or grade 4:4 or above in Combined Science.
What does the course involve?
Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of human behaviour and on this course you will learn how to describe, predict and modify human behaviour. Psychology is a challenging subject and requires not only written communication skills, but also the ability to collect, analyse and evaluate data. You can expect to engage in class debates, conduct practicals and address interesting questions, for example:
- Are criminals born or made?
- How and why do memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s occur?
- Do you think that our behaviour is shaped by our environment or is it a product of our biology?
You will research psychological phenomena such as memory, obedience and addiction, as well as gaining an understanding of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.
You will apply your knowledge to areas of psychology such as clinical and criminal psychology.
All students will develop a thorough understanding of research methodology including both qualitative and quantitative methods of investigating complex human behaviour.
How is the course assessed?
Examination papers include a range of short and extended answer questions and there are three papers at the end of the two year course.
Our students go on to do a number of different courses at university due to the transferable skills acquired at A Level, such as Psychology, Teaching, Social Work, Nursing, Medicine and Law. It is also useful in careers such Physiotherapy, the Police and Business.
Trips include a visit to the Criminology Conference to gain an understanding of contemporary research in Criminology with the opportunity to meet a convicted offender to question whether prison is a useful deterrent for crime. Workshops at Chester Zoo help to consider how psychological theory is used to manage and train animals.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional two or three subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative vocational programme of study via a separate application. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Level Psychology (Law and Sociology)
Previous Institution: The Priory School, Shrewsbury
Psychology is my favourite subject. I love how interesting it is and it really gives you a greater understanding of human nature. I want to study psychology at university and hopefully become a detective.
A Level Psychology (Religious Studies, Media Studies)
Previous school: Corbet School
I chose SCG because it gave me the subject choices. I am really interested in Clinical Psychology and want to continue studying that aspect at university. I actually came to college with other ideas about my future, but after completing some of the Psychology classes my mind was changed. It is fascinating learning about memory, how the brain works and why we behave the way we do within society. There is something for everyone in this A Level – it is a very interactive course within a friendly environment.