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Psychology A-Level at Capital City Academy

Course description

Psychology is one of the most fascinating and versatile sciences which attempts to unravel the mysteries of the mind and human behaviour. It involves the understanding of Biology and physiological structures, controlled experimentation and a use of Statistical Methods to explore, explain and predict behaviour.

So why study Psychology? It attempts to answer questions such as if offenders are born or made. Is it necessary to include more than two genders? Are we born intelligent or is this a product of our environment?

Psychology has a multitude of useful real-world applications which include finding ways of intervening to reduce problems such as mental illness for example schizophrenia and depression, drug addiction, child abuse, stress and offending.

Course content

Content includes:

  • Why do we forget?
  • Are we born with our personality?
  • Is everyone prejudiced?
  • Are we only born male or female?
  • Can we conduct ethical experiment on people?


Entry requirements

Minimum grade 6 in English Language plus Mathematics and Science at 5. Students entering the Level 3 Academic Pathway must have an APS of 42 or above.


100% external exams; 3 papers; 2 hour exams.

Paper 1: Introductory topics: Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology

Paper 2: Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods

Paper 3: Issues and debates in psychology and one from each of the following options

Option 1: Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development

Option 2: Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress

Option 3: Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction

Future opportunities

Psychology provides avenues of employability in different professional fields: Counsellors, Sports Coaches, Sports Psychologist, Speech Therapists, Police Officers, Nurses, Teachers, Managers, Social Workers, Marketing Officers, Forensic Psychologists, Criminal Profilers, Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Experimental Psychologists and researchers and of course practising Clinical Psychologists who work in the medical field. Therefore University prospects are countless. Many students take Psychology as an adjunct to Chemistry and Biology, alongside English, Philosophy and Ethics for analytical reasons or with Sports, Health and Social Care and Business for its practical applications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Capital City Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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