Psychology A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code CA11
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Psychology is a fascinating subject, which you already use in your everyday life. Every time you try to figure out why someone acted a certain way, or predict what someone might do next, you’re using psychology. Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviour, and it aims to answer a wide range of complex questions, such as why do some people commit crimes, and how can we help people with mental illnesses?

Psychologists apply scientific methodology to explain human behaviour. They formulate theories, test hypotheses by conducting research, and analyse their data with statistical techniques that help them identify important findings.

Studying psychology will give you lots of career options, especially if you are interested in working with people, or in areas that need good problem-solving skills. This is because it develops valuable transferable skills, such as effective writing skills, critical reasoning skills, and carrying out research and interpreting findings. For these reasons, psychology graduates are highly regarded by employers and have a good chance of finding employment, although only about 25% of psychology graduates end up working as professional psychologists. If you are interested in becoming a professional psychologist, you will need a postgraduate qualification. To find out more, visit the British Psychology Society's career page.


This course assumes no prior psychology knowledge. Some students may have a GCSE in psychology, but most will not, and they are not disadvantaged. Students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of psychology through a range of topics. At the end of two years you will sit three examinations:

Paper 1 Social Influence 2 hours examination 96 marks Memory Attachment Psychopathology

Paper 2 Approaches in Psychology 2 hours examination 96 marks Biopsychology Research Methods

Paper 3 Issues and Debates in Psychology 2 hours examination 96 marks Option 1: Relationships Option 2: Schizophrenia Option 3: Aggression

Papers 1 and 2 content will be covered in the first year, leaving Paper 3 content for the second year, along with extensive revision and practise of examination technique.

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Entry requirements

 The Academy’s general entry criteria of a minimum of five 4s at GCSE apply. A minimum of 4 in English Language is needed to study Psychology at A Level.

Your next steps...

Universities and colleges in the UK offer a wide range of courses, including in specialist areas such as:

Applied psychology

Child psychology

Clinical psychology

Developmental psychology

Educational psychology

Experimental psychology

Forensic psychology

Social psychology

Sport psychology


Top graduate destinations:

Human health and social work
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