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Psychology A-Level at Treviglas Community College

Course description

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. We look at people’s motivations behind a range of different behaviours from a scientific point of view, looking at data in a rigorous way.

If you are interested in people and inquisitive about their behaviour, this is the subject for you. The A Level Psychology course covers a broad range of subjects, including social and cognitive psychology, child development, and the psychology that lies behind atypical behaviour. You’ll gain an understanding of why people develop differently and of the causes of conditions such as autism and anxiety disorders.

As you study A Level Psychology you will gain an understanding of the main issues that arise from various psychological methods, and look at the ways in which psychology can be applied. You will learn to conduct effective research and how to interpret the results, how to use statistics effectively and deal with ethical issues.

Is this the course for me?

Have you ever wondered why people behave in certain ways? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn more about your own mind, emotions and actions? Earning an A-Level in psychology is an excellent way to gain a greater understanding of people. In addition to satisfying your own interest in human nature, having a solid understanding of what makes people do certain things can be a very marketable skill in a wide variety of job settings, including social services, advertising, marketing, education, health care and politics.

Psychology A Level will equip you with the skills and knowledge to decode human behaviour in everyday life. You can expect to develop an understanding of different areas of psychology such as cognition, child development, social psychology and individual differences. You will also learn how topical issues, such as eyewitness testimony, the media and stress, can be better understood and managed by looking at them from a psychological perspective.

Course content

Psychology specification A introduces students to the broad range of Psychology topics.

This course of study comprises two written units at AS and two at A-level, with no coursework. In all examination units the emphasis is onapplying knowledge and understanding, analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

In Year 1 the specification offers a broad range of topics, with research methods in context.

In Year 2 there is a range of topic based options, which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary Psychology.  Here we can select a route through A Level to suit the needs and interest of the students.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade B in Maths, Science and English GCSE.


100% Examination:

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology (social influence, memory, attachment psychopathology)

Paper 2: Psychology in context (approaches in psychology, bio psychology, research methods)


Paper 3: Issues and debates in Psychology (issues and debates, relationships, schizophrenia, aggression)

Future opportunities

Studying psychology at A Level gives you a good basic knowledge and provides an insight into what it might be like to be a professional psychologist. Even if you decide to work in a non-psychology related field, the skills and knowledge that you develop studying psychology will be helpful. It is a good way of keeping your options open.

Some of the major skills you will develop include:

  • oral, visual and written communication problem solving
  • numeracy and statistics
  • critical and creative thinking
  • decision making
  • organisational skills
  • team working
  • IT and data analysis skills

These are incredibly valuable skills, all of which will translate very well in the work place.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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