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Psychology A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

What causes mental illness?

Why are we scared of certain animals?

How does the brain work?

How does your childhood affect your adult personality?

Course content

Year 1

Social influence

You will learn how our behaviour is affected by our friends, family and other groups of people.


You will learn explanations on why we forget and why eyewitness testimony can be unreliable.


You will learn about mental illness including depression, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder.


Year 2


You will learn about the central nervous system and also how different parts of the brain can affect our behaviour.

Research methods

You will learn about a range of methods used to investigate human behaviour.


You will learn about physical attractiveness and what characteristics people look for.

Schizophrenia/Eating Disorders

You will learn about what the symptoms of these disorders are and what is thought to cause these severe conditions.

Forensic Psychology

You will learn about explanations of offender behaviour and also methods of dealing with

offending behaviour such as the effectiveness of prisons.


All assessment for this course is through written examination. A total of three papers which are two hours long. However, our specialist teachers are also AQA examiners and can give you advice on how to get the best out of your revision techniques.

Future opportunities

Psychology students can go on to specialise in a particular area in Higher Education, such as Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Therapy or Occupational Psychology.

The skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research. The study of Psychology is also good preparation for any career involving people. These include careers in education, health, marketing, management, human resources and government services, including the police.

Further information

Check our website for the most up-to-date course details.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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