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Psychology - A Level at City of Oxford College

Course description

Develop high-level analytical and evaluation skills and learn about the science behind behaviour. It’s a science-based subject which can lead to many different career paths from marketing through to cognitive neuroscience.

You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills. 

You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.

Course content

You follow the AQA specification.

First year (AS)
• Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods
• Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology, Individual Differences

Second year (A2)
• Unit 3: Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Eating Behaviour and Relationships.
• Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology of Media and Research Methods

You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance between challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs. 

Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

Entry requirements

6 x C grades at GCSE including English and maths. There are subject specific criteria for some subjects, for psychology you will need GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Science grade BB.


You develop the skills necessary for further formal assessment through examinations and, in some subjects, through coursework. The examination periods are in May/June. There are a range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets 
are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

Financial information

Core Text Book: Cardwell M. and Flanagan C. Psychology AS - The Complete Companion for AQA (Third Edition) Folens. Pens, A4 Folder and A4 lined paper also required.

Future opportunities

With three A-levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes. An A-level in psychology will allow you access to university to study a BSc in psychology or a range of analytical subjects including marketing and business. You may then progress onto further study in specific fields of psychology such as clinical or forensic psychology which will result in you becoming a chartered psychologist. A psychology degree can also lead directly to the workplace including entry to graduate recruitment programmes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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  • Start date: Next September


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      • From Ring Road: use EITHER Banbury Road or Woodstock Road to city centre. At traffic lights, end of St. Giles (Map 1), turn right into Beaumont Street and follow signs to the rail station. At the second set of traffic lights, i.e. at the bottom of Park End Street, turn left into Oxpens Road (ice rink). The College is ¼ mile on the left.
      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.