A Level



As a scientific subject, Psychology combines well with any other science subject, but equally it can be studied in conjunction with any other course.  For reasons of good communication in essay writing, many arts subjects could be advantageous even though Psychology is classified as a science.

Course Content

Paper 1:  Introductory to Psychology

Compulsory content

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Assessment: 2 hour exam, MCQ, short answer and essays: 33% of A Level

Paper 2: Psychology in context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods

Assessment: 2 hour exam, MCQ, short answer and essays: 33% of A Level

Paper 3: Options 

  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aggression

Assessment: 2 hour exam involving MCQ, short answer and essays: 33% of A Level

Where Could It Take Me?

Degrees in Psychology can lead to careers in Clinical, Educational and Occupational psychology.  Psychology graduates are also valued in advertising, market research, industry, personnel management, counselling, nursing, social administration, professional sport, criminology and even teaching!

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and one of the following combinations:

  • If you are studying separate sciences you are required to achieve GCSE grades 6, 5 and 5 (any order) in one other science and Mathematics
  • If you are studying Combined Science you are required to achieve GCSE grades 6, 5 and 5 (any order) in Combined Science and Mathematics

Methods of Teaching

A range of teaching styles is used including group assignments, individual assignments and whole class lessons.  Some of these activities are interactive and involve student participation in replicated research studies and experiments.  Subject notes, handouts, videos and computer programs are integrated into the course.  Regular lunchtime workshops are provided.  Individual guidance is given where necessary.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

The many controversial issues in psychology are best explored in essay form.  Good levels of literacy, as well as the development of critical thinking are needed.  During the course, prepared and timed essays will be marked to A level standard. 

Financial Implications

Students will need to buy both an A level year 1 and year 2 textbook (approx. £25 each).  Comprehensive course booklets which include student notes and class activities are provided for each student via the intranet.  Each student needs to print these out.  At least one Revision conference is organised per year, it costs approximately £40 to attend.  Other visits are arranged as appropriate; for example to the Bethlem Hospital and even a trip to ChinaThe College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.