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Psychology AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

If you are interested in knowing why people think and behave the way they do in different situations, this subject is for you.  Psychology combines the scientific and theoretical study of the mind and behaviour. 

The linear Psychology A level includes the study of relevant research methods, investigation design, data analysis and data presentation. Students will develop an understanding of potential ethical issues in Psychology and ways in which psychologists deal with these issues.

This A Level course is only offered as a two year programme.

Course content

This new linear A Level is extremely varied and includes looking at six different areas of psychology. The main topics in the course include introductory topics such as memory and social influence. Students will also focus on approaches to Psychology and Biopsychology. There will also be an opportunity to understand the key issues and debates in Psychology within topic areas such as Aggression and Relationships.

There will also be several chances for you to plan and carry out your own research including experiments, observations, questionnaires and correlations.

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language


There is no coursework. You will do three exams at the end of the 2 years. You will have plenty of opportunity to do practice exams.

Further information

By studying Psychology at university, there are a number of potential careers including Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Research, Teaching, Nursing, Public Services (e.g. Police), Counselling and Sports Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Huish College directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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