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A level

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. This popular subject combines fascinating content with a rigorous approach to investigation; we aim to develop your theoretical understanding of the topics and an appreciation of their impact on people’s daily lives.

You will study a range of topics such as the workings of human memory, child development, the treatment of mental illnesses, and rehabilitation of criminal behaviour. Throughout these topics, you will apply scientific methods used in research and the important debates surrounding the application of psychology in society. You will develop an ability to use precise and succinct writing, and a deeper understanding of scientific methods, mathematical applications and the broader implications of research, through regular opportunities to design and carry out research, analyse data and report findings.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.



Course Content

Year 1

You will explore four key areas in psychology; Social Influence, Memory, Childhood Attachment and Psychopathy (mental illness). You will study the various approaches to explaining behaviour, the emergence of psychology as a science and develop a detailed knowledge of a range of research methods.

Year 2

Core topics for year 2 are Biopsychology, Gender Development, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology. You will also develop your awareness of a number of debates within psychology, including the implications of nature and nurture-based explanations, various forms of research bias and the ethics of psychological research. You will further develop your understanding of scientific research techniques and statistical analysis of data, building on the foundation of year 1 through practical experience.


  • 100% exam

Special Features

The department organises an annual trip to a conference on crime and criminal psychology and offers information on various national and local conferences and lectures for students to attend. Trips to Krakow and Auschwitz, and to London Zoo’s Phobia Clinic have been organised in recent years.


Entry Requirements

  • A least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Science
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Psychology if taken.
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