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Psychology A Level at Hailsham Community College

Course description

AS/A level Psychology at Hailsham Community College is a dynamic, engaging and rewarding subject with a long history of student success. The focus of the course is on understanding human behaviour and thought as well as how and why psychologists conduct research.

Course content

Students will explore a number of topics that will develop their knowledge and many other important skills, such as being able to analyse and evaluate. The AS Level course covers topics on the human memory, the attachments we make to others, approaches used in psychology, how we are influenced by others (social influence) and what makes people abnormal (psychopathology).

In addition to the thought provoking topics at AS Level students who continue to the A level will study stimulating options such as relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology.

Many of these topic areas are closely linked to other AS/A Level subjects and so choosing a selection of them as a package may work extremely well. Recommended subject choice links are sociology, health and social care, law, biology and physical education although it should be noted that AS/A Level psychology will enhance the experience of students choosing a diverse range of subjects. 

How will I learn?

Learning will take place through classroom teaching as well as the use of flipped teaching. The lessons are based on class and group discussion, peer teaching, independent learning as well as potential trips such as a visit to London Zoo to look at treatments of phobias.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C Grades (inc English and Mathematics), or equivalent. Board AQA


Your AS/A Level Psychology will be assessed through a series of exams at the end of the one year (AS Level) or the two years (A level). These examinations will have a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, long answer and essay questions. Assessment in the classroom will use questions that match the structure of the examinations. 

Future opportunities

As a scientific academic subject, Psychology is highly respected in all areas of education and employment, and is highly sought after by universities and employers. Students with an AS/A Level in Psychology will have proven analytical and evaluative skills as well as a deep understanding of human behaviour and thought. They will also have developed the ability to write and think critically and support their argument with evidence from the different psychological approaches, theories and research. Students who study AS/A Level Psychology often go on to have careers in criminology, psychology, law, health care, civil service, academia and the media. 

Further information

How to apply?

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

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: 31 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years