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Are you fascinated by people’s behaviour and interested in understanding what motivates people to do certain things?

Psychology is a science-based subject which can lead to many different career paths, from marketing to cognitive neuroscience.

You will develop high level analytical and evaluation skills, as well as learning a little of the science behind behaviour.

Scroll towards the bottom of the page for details on the entry requirements and how you'll learn.

What I'll learn

You will be following the new AQA specification:

First year:

  • Introductory topics in psychology: cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology.
  • Psychology in context: approaches to psychology, psychopathology and research methods.

Second year:

  • Issues in psychology and options: biopsychology, research methods and issues and debates in psychology
  • Issues in psychology and options: relationships, aggression and schizophrenia.

 

How I'll learn

There will be a range of regular assignments, essays and class-based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

You will develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills. 

You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about Higher Education and careers.

 

How I'll be assessed

Formal assessment is through examinations. The examination periods are in May/ June.

All students will sit the AS exam at the end of Year 1, then the A-level exam will be at the end of Year 2. This will assess all content from the two-year course.

Core text book: The Complete Companion for AQA Psychology: AS and Year 1 (Fourth Edition) Folens. Pens, A4 folder and A4 lined paper. 

 

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of six GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language and maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering, or other subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will need GCSE English language or GCSE English literature at grade 5, GCSE science at grade BC and GCSE mathematics at grade 5.

 

 

How to Apply

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Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.