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Psychology - Edexcel A Level at East Durham College

Course description

Awarding Body - Edexcel

A strong structure, with flexible choice, is fundamental to Psychology. The specification gives students the chance to select some study areas and contemporary issues. This allows study to be tailored to students’ needs and the contexts in which they are learning. A practical focus is embedded within the specification. A series of short and manageable practical experiments and tests accompanies the AS approaches, allowing students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology.

Course content


Students study five approaches (Social, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Biological and Learning) at Advanced Subsidiary level to gain a foundation in psychology. At A2, students are then able to develop their understanding by selecting from a choice of applications, including Criminology, Child, Health and Sport psychology. This allows students to choose the most appropriate applications to meet their needs. Finally, students develop a holistic understanding of psychology from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of clinical issues and major debates.


Entry requirements

For Psychology you will need grade B or above in either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English.

For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.

For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of 6 A* - C grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at A* - A grade.


You will be assessed with an end exam.

Financial information

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment.

Future opportunities

Psychology graduates often pursue careers in personnel, health, social work, advertising, counselling, police and prison services.

Further information

A Level psychology is well-respected as students acquire good levels of literacy and numeracy, skills useful in a range of careers. A psychology degree is required for further study leading to careers in clinical, educational and occupational psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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