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A Level Psychology - Option A and D at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description

Why should I study Psychology?

If you are interested in finding out why people behave the way they do or how the brain works then Psychology could be for you. Psychology is a popular subject that has links with many other subjects such as Biology, Sociology and Media whilst building on skills gained at GCSE in subjects such as Mathematics, English and, in particular, Science. The most exciting aspect of Psychology is that it is about you! It relates to almost every aspect of life from romance to rugby so even if you have not finalised your career plan just yet, it will fill you with knowledge about the world, the characteristics and capabilities of humans, and perhaps tell you something about how you ‘tick’!

Course content

What will I be doing on the course?

You will have the opportunity to discuss, write about and test a range of concepts and theories about behaviour on topics such as memory and abnormality. You will be involved in debates on hot topics such as the value of drug treatments for abnormal behaviour; you might write fictional letters to victims of bullying to demonstrate your knowledge; and you could carry out experiments to test the memory of your friends. From writing to role playing, testing to talking about, such a varied and interesting science based subject offers endless activity possibilities.

Entry requirements

Mathematics, English and Science GCSE’s grade A*- B are essential. This is a popular, yet challenging, science based subject, so priority will be given to students with GCSE Science A* - A grades.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by examination only. The AS qualification will be assessed by two ninety minute examinations at the end of Year 12.  The A Level qualification is examined by three, two hour exams at the end of Year 13.  These qualifications are both separate. These questions aim to test your understanding as well as your ability to apply the concepts and theories of Psychology.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Psychology A Level is often the first step towards a career in Psychology in areas such as education, health, forensics, industry and sport. Students often go on to complete undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in varying fields of Psychology en route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Others use their Psychology qualifications to enhance their skills in other professions such as teaching, advertising or public relations. For further information about careers in Psychology go to:

Psychology is also useful in many other careers because it develops a number of transferable skills which are useful in many jobs and professions such as problem solving, critical analysis, decision making, statistics and IT skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years