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Psychology GCE A Level at Greenhead College

Course description

This subject is linear with examinations at the end of the two year course.

The specification is summarised below.

In Psychology you will be encouraged to develop a scientific and critically analytic approach to understanding human and animal behaviour. 

You will explore, criticise and evaluate theories and research studies conducted in order to explain behaviour and mental processes. As Psychology applies the scientific method to understanding behaviour you will develop skills relating to research, and undertake some practical investigations.  You will, therefore, collect and analyse data; there is a mathematical component to the course.

The approaches to Psychology covered include biological, developmental, social, individual differences and cognitive. Psychology is an extremely interesting and diverse subject, unified by the use of the scientific method which is common to all approaches. Therefore, you will develop skills of discussion, critical analysis, essay writing and an understanding of How Science Works.

Course content

Course Assessment

Year 1:

Paper 1: Research Methods

Paper 2: Psychological Themes Through Core Studies

Year 2:

Paper 1: Research Methods

Paper 2: Psychological Themes Through Core Studies

Paper 3: Applied Psychology


Entry requirements

The college gives priority to its 12 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students must achieve a GCSE grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics.

To access a three A Level programme a student must achieve, in addition to the above, a minimum of grade 6's in three GCSE subjects.

Students who achieve a grade 8/9 profile at GCSE will be offered the opportunity to study for four A Levels.

All prospective Psychology students must achieve a grade 5 or higher in GCSE Biology and grade 5 or higher in GCSE Mathematics OR a minimum of grades 55 in GCSE Science and grade 5 or higher in GCSE Mathematics.



This course is linear with examinations at the end of the two year course.

Future opportunities

The most popular degree courses for past Psychology students have been: Psychology, Law, Primary Education, Business, Medical-related degrees (eg Medicine, Dentistry, Radiography). As it is an extremely diverse subject, destinations are very varied.

Further information

You will have to be competent at both essay writing and statistics.  10% of the course includes a mathematical component.

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: 21 September 2017
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