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Psychology AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It relates to every aspect of our daily lives, as it helps us to understand the world we live in and predict the behaviour of the people around us.  

The course will cover the research methods and statistical techniques which psychologists use to investigate behaviour.  Topics explored include obedience, prejudice, memory, learning and aggression.  Students will conduct practical investigations linked to these topics, and will consider the real-world applications of the theories that they study.

Course content

At AS level, students will need to understand and evaluate the main principles of various approaches in Psychology.  They will study Cognitive, Biological, Social and Behaviourist explanations of behaviour, and learn how these ideas can be applied to modern day issues in society.  They will learn to apply their mathematical and scientific skills in their own practical investigations. The course also requires students to produce pieces of extended writing.
At A level, students will further develop their knowledge of the material covered in the AS course, writing longer and more detailed responses. They will learn to apply their psychological knowledge, for example in the fields of clinical, child, or forensic psychology.  They will also extend their knowledge of research methods and statistical analysis of data. 

Entry requirements

Students will need Grade C or above in GCSE English Language or English Literature, Mathematics and a science. At least one of these must be a Grade B

This is a new subject for most students, and therefore students must be prepared to learn a large number of new and complex concepts relatively quickly.

This would suit students who are:

  • self-disciplined
  • open to new ideas
  • able to express ideas verbally
  • able to analyse data
  • able to work independently or as a group
  • organised in the way they structure their class notes
  • able to evaluate using empirical evidence

Students should be good at written and spoken communication, as well as competent with data analysis.


This course is 100% examination based. There are two exams for the AS Level and three exams for the A Level course.

Future opportunities

The field of Psychology is vast as it encapsulates all human behaviour. It is an extremely well respected and valued subject by employers, businesses and higher education establishments. It is considered to be a science, yet its students are required to have many other skill sets, including essay writing.

Occupations that are commonly associated with Psychology include:

  • The Civil Service
  • Law
  • Sport
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Police Service
  • Counselling Services
  • Marketing
  • Social Work

Further information

Psychology AS/A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. These have included:

  • A visit to London Zoo to see how behaviourism is used to train animals with regards to feeding and receiving medical treatment.
  • A trip to Bethlem Hospital to learn about ethical issues in the treatment of mental illness
  • An excursion to the Freud museum in London

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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