Psychology A-level

2 years
South Sefton Campus

Course Details

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.

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

If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:

  • You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects.

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must achieve at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, and at least a grade 4/4 in Double Science, or Single Science Biology grade 4.
  • There is no requirement to have studied this subject at GCSE, but if you have done so then you must achieve at least a grade 5.

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.

AQA A-level Psychology (7182)
  • 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
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
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.

University Guarantee

Every Hugh Baird College student who successfuly achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

As an A-level student you will be based at our South Sefton Campus. This is a multi-million pound campus for dedicated to A-levels and was opened in 2009.

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at South Sefton Campus. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.