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Psychology GCE A2 Level at The Mirfield Free Grammar & Mirfield College

Course description

The study of Psychology is focused upon understanding the thoughts and behaviours of individuals. The subject covers a wide range of topics and there are areas of interest to suit everybody. It investigates why people behave in particular ways and provides opportunities for students to conduct their own investigation into human behaviour. Students learn how people's behaviour is affected by those around them, how the memory works, and how early childhood affects behaviour. There are also units focusing on the application of psychological theory to key areas such as criminal behaviour, mental disorders and gender development.

Course content

Unit 1 –Introductory topics in Psychology

Social Influence




Unit 2 – Psychology In Context


Bio Psychology

Research Methods

Unit 3 – Issues And Options In Psychology

Issues, Debates and Approaches



Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements:Minimum of 5 GCSEs 9-4 or A*-C including English Language and Mathematics

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:Grade 4 in GCSE English Language with Grade 4 in Science and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics

*Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers.

*All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements


Three external examination papers which are equally weighted.


Financial information

16-19 Bursary Fund

This scheme was introduced by the Government to help students study. Contributions and payments ‘in kind’ have been made to students to help with their individual identified needs, such as:

   •   Travel

   •   Stationery costs and packs

   •   Books and revision guides

   •   Educational trips/residential trips

   •   University Open Day visit costs

   •   Employment/apprenticeship opportunities


Bursaries are available to students in the following categories:



Category One:

Students who are identified by the government at ‘most vulnerable’ will be eligible for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200.

Category Two:

Family income is below threshold for working tax credits/free school meals.

Category Three:

Students who have an extreme financial barrier, mitigating circumstances and/or a short-term specific educational or independent living cost.

Applications will be issued during Summer 2018 for students to return on Enrolment Day. 

For more information contact Sixth Form Admissions on 01924 483666 or email


Future opportunities

The study of psychology can open the doors to a wide range of options after sixth form. Some of our students have gone on to specialise in psychology and its various areas at university such as criminology. Others have pursued careers with the police, within the education sector and the nursing profession.

Further information

Psychology is a science where good essay writing skills combined with the ability to handle data and understand statistics are essential for success in this subject. Students need to be able to understand concepts and apply this knowledge in exams.




How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017
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