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Psychology - A Level (WJEC) at Chichester College

Course description

This specification highlights the scientific perspective within Psychology. There is a key emphasis on data, inferential statistics and research methodology. A Level Psychology introduces you to the range of research methods psychologists use to find out about human nature. We study the biological aspect of anti-social behavior, 5 contemporary debates including the reliability of eyewitness testimony. We also learn about conditioning techniques & how they shape our behaviour.

Course content

Component 1: Psychology Past to Present - You will study the main 5 approaches; Biological, Psychodynamic, Behavioural, Cognitive & Positive. Component 2: In this unit you will study two more approaches; Social & Developmental Psychology through classic research and also learn about a variety of research methods used in psychology. Numeracy skills are key in this component because we learn about specific inferential statistics and how to calculate these with various data sets. 

Learning on this course will be varied. It is classroom based with weekly assessments and use of Chionline for independent learning. Flipped learning will be used weekly with the expectation that this is fully completed and you are prepared for each lesson. You are encouraged to participate in lessons as much as you can, as this will aid your understanding of the subject. With 4.5 hours a week of teaching time you are expected to do a minimum of 4.5 hours extra work outside of lesson time. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade A* – C to include English Language, Maths and Science / Biology.


At the end of this 2 year linear A-Level course there will be three exams each lasting 2 hours & 15 minutes. The marks obtained in these exams determines the A Level grade. You will be assessed at the end of year one to see if you can progress to year two. 

Financial information

For all fee details please refer to the Chichester College website

Future opportunities

This is a 2 year course which leads to the full A-level in the subject.
Beyond A-level it is a suitable subject for progression to many degree
courses, in combination with other A level subjects.

Further information

Psychology teaching is based in a vibrant and stimulating classroom.
Students will be provided with detailed workbooks for each topic
and will need to use the awarded Gold Chionline site weekly to access
a wealth of resources that will support their success in this subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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