Psychology A Level

Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It relates to every aspect of our daily lives, as it helps us to understand the world we live in and predict the behaviour of the people around us.  

The course will cover the research methods and statistical techniques which psychologists use to investigate behaviour.  Topics explored include obedience, prejudice, memory, learning and aggression.  Students will conduct practical investigations linked to these topics, and will consider the real-world applications of the theories that they study.
 

What goes well with this course?

Most subjects have some relevance to Psychology as studying Psychology helps us understand the thoughts and behaviour of other people. 
 
Combinations could include:
 
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Physical Education
  • Health & Social Care
  • English Literature
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • History
  • Politics
  • Philosophy

Progression

The field of Psychology is vast as it encapsulates all human behaviour. It is an extremely well respected and valued subject by employers, businesses and higher education establishments. It is considered to be a science, yet its students are required to have many other skill sets, including essay writing.

Occupations that are commonly associated with Psychology include:

  • The Civil Service
  • Law & The Police Service
  • Sport
  • Medicine, Nursing & Social Work
  • Education
  • Human Resources & Marketing
  • Counselling Services

Course Content

Students will need to understand and evaluate the main principles of various approaches in Psychology.  They will study Cognitive, Biological, Social and Behaviourist explanations of behaviour, and learn how these ideas can be applied to modern day issues in society.  They will learn to apply their mathematical and scientific skills in their own practical investigations. The course also requires students to produce pieces of extended writing.
 
Students will learn to apply their knowledge in the fields of Clinical, Child and Forensic Psychology.  They will also develop their knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis of data. 
 
In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Psychology students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. These have included:

  • A visit to London Zoo to see how behaviourism is used to train animals with regards to feeding and receiving medical treatment
  • A trip to Bethlem Hospital to learn about ethical issues in the treatment of mental illness
  • An excursion to the Freud Museum in London

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.

Assessment

This course is 100% examination based. There are three exams for the A Level course.

 

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 4 in English Language and Maths, and
  • Grade 5 in at least one Science subject (5,5 Combined Science)

In addition, one of English Language or Maths should be at Grade 5.

This is a new subject for most students, and therefore students must be prepared to learn a large number of new and complex concepts relatively quickly.

This course suits students who are:

  • Self-disciplined
  • Open to new ideas
  • Able to express ideas verbally
  • Able to analyse data
  • Able to work independently or as a group
  • Organised in the way they structure their class notes
  • Able to evaluate using empirical evidence

Students should be good at written and spoken communication, as well as competent with data analysis.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level Psychology information leaflet.

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