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Psychology A level at Woking College

Course description

This course covers all core areas of psychology, the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. In Research Methods, you will learn how to plan and carry out psychological research. Biopsychology will teach you how biological structures, such as the nervous system and the brain, influence how we think, feel and behave. Developmental Psychology focuses on how what children think and understand about the world becomes more sophisticated with age. Cognitive Psychology covers how we remember things and why we forget. You will learn about phobias, OCD, depression and schizophrenia in Psychopathology and in Social Psychology you will find out why we obey those in authority and how performance is influenced by the presence of an audience. Along with these core units, we also study Child Development and applied areas of psychology such as aggression, addiction and criminal behaviour. Although there is no coursework, you will have plenty of opportunities to carry out your own research into areas related to the course.

Course content

Component 1 – Examination: Introductory Topics in Psychology (2 hours – 33%)

  • Section A: Social Influence
  • Section B: Memory
  • Section C: Attachment
  • Section D: Psychopathology

Component 2 – Examination: Psychology in Context (2 hours – 33%)

  • Section A: Approaches in Psychology
  • Section B: Biopsychology
  • Section C: Research Methods (including scientific processes, data handling and analysis and inferential statistical testing)

Component 3 – Examination: Issues and Options in Psychology (2 hours – 33%)

  • Section A: Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • Section B: Cognition and Development
  • Section C: Schizophrenia
  • Section D: Aggression

Entry requirements

5 A*- C grades (or equivalent 4+)

It is essential that you achieve at least Grade C passes (or equivalent 4+) in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science - one of these must be a B+/6+.


100% Examination

Future opportunities

The course will help you think analytically, a skill which is transferrable to a wide range of degree courses. Following university, psychology graduates are employed in occupations including human resources management, advertising, sport, schools, hospitals, and prisons.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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