Psychology A-level

Psychology is an exciting subject which attempts to understand how the mind works and to explain why individuals behave in certain ways.

Psychology will give you the opportunity to gain greater self-knowledge by making you more aware of your own behaviour and the motivations behind your own actions and thoughts.

You will have the opportunity to study psychological research and theories which can be used to explain many different human behaviours.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1:

In Year 1, you will study social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology, approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods.

Year 2:

In Year 2, you will study all of the units above along with issues and debates in psychology, gender, stress and aggression. Examination papers are in the form of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or above

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination - Paper 1 (Introductory Topics in Psychology)
    A-level (33.3%) 2 hours
  • Examination - Paper 2 (Psychology in Context)
    A-level (33.3%) 2 hours
  • Examination - Unit 3 (Issues and Options in Psychology)
    A-level (33.3%) 2 hours

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

You can study Psychology or other related degree courses, e.g. Child Development, Educational Psychology, at university. You can also combine Psychology with a wide range of other subjects. Studying Psychology will provide you with many transferable skills which can lead to a variety of career opportunities.

What qualification will I gain?

AQA A-level Psychology (7182).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 11:02