Psychology AS/A2 Level

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Course Specifics

Sixth Form
Level 3
16-18 School Leavers
1 year for AS Level 2 years for full A Level
Interview Required:
Age 16-18 Cost:
No cost
Age 19 or Over:
Funding Assisted:
Yes - If it's your first full Level 3 and you're aged 19-23 your course is funded otherwise Advanced learner loans are available
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Course overview

It may be unfamiliar subject to many students and as a result no prior knowledge of Psychology is required. However A-Level Psychology is a science, along with Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. It involves studying physiology and the nervous system and it involves analysing data. Psychology allows you to understand yourself and others around you. It looks at the biological and psychological causes of behaviour. It is a fascinating course but it is challenging. Students investigate different aspects of Psychology these being:

  • Cognitive Psychology - all about our memories
  • Developmental Psychology - attachments to mother as a child etc
  • Social Psychology - how we conform and obey
  • Biological Psychology - Functions of the brain
  • Forensic Psychology - Offender profiling
  • Methods used in psychological research to learn how psychologists do their work

Other topics include looking at Individual Differences and Abnormality, Schizophrenia, Biological Rhythms, and relationships. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Analyse data and draw graphs - the Maths bit!
  • Design experiments (variables and hypotheses) - the Science bit!
  • Write scientific answers using research evidence to support arguments - the English bit!

Who is this course for?

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths and B/6 in your science subjects. You will also have an excellent work ethic. A Level work opens up the door to many careers in the future.

Entry qualifications

Ideally you will be achieving at least 25 points/5 x 5 points or above/A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent), including English and Maths and B/6 in your science subjects.

What other experience will I gain?

Being part of Chesterfield College Sixth Form is so much more than A Levels. We want you to leave us with as many skills as possible to help you with you next step (as well as making your time here fun). That's why you'll also get the opportunity to take part in visits, competitions, as well as all the other college wide teams and activities. Many of the Psychology students are student ambassadors and Peer mentors – Y13 students who pair up with Y12 students to offer help and support.

Where will this lead?

You will be able to progress to university level study or on to employment. Former Psychology students are now studying Psychology at many universities, including Lincoln, Liverpool, Derby, Glyndor, and York. Others are taking related degrees for example Childhood studies, Education Studies with Psychology & Counselling, Mental Health nursing all at Sheffield Hallam. We also have our own Foundation Degree in Psychology and Health studies so you never have to leave Chesterfield!! Psychology is important if you intend to go on to be a Psychologist or Therapist/Counsellor. But, it is also a useful subject if you want to go into any of the following careers that work with people (or animals):

  • Teaching/Education
  • Police/Law/Probation
  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Social Work and Youth Work
  • HR Personnel
  • Childcare
  • Business and Management
  • Animal Training and Care

What are my career options?

What Ofsted say

"Psychology isn’t easy but it’s really interesting and I found it fascinating looking at the brain.” “I enjoyed carrying out my own research on memory.” “Psychology is more scientific than some students think, but it all applies to everyday life.”

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