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Psychology A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

Psychology will introduce you to the key approaches and topics of interest within those approaches. It will also focus on research methodology and what makes psychology the scientific study of behaviour.

Course content

In your first year you will begin by learning about the fundamentals of psychology – how psychologists collect their data and what makes the subject scientific. You will also explore the major theoretical approaches underpinning psychological explanations and this will include developing your understanding of bio-psychology.  You will then go on to look at some of the key topics that interest psychologists including; psychopathology, social psychology, attachment and memory.

In your second year you will study research methods and statistics in more depth as well as topics such as gender, eating behaviour and aggression.

In each topic you will look at a range of concepts, theories, studies and applications as well as evaluative issues relating to them. 

Throughout the course you will also develop your own research skills by carrying out a range of practical investigations. This will enable you to develop your knowledge of research methods, statistics and approaches to psychology.

In order to do well in psychology exams you need to be able to remember a lot of information and to write both short and long essays as well as applying your knowledge to specific scenarios. You will be required to do a lot of reading and writing over the two years.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 Maths.

Grade 4,4 in GCSE Science.

Grade 5 English Language.

Minimum average GCSE score required 4.25.




Psychology is assessed entirely thorough three exams each lasting two hours. You will sit all of your exams in the summer of your second year.  There is no coursework.


Each exam is assessed through a mix of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

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Future opportunities

This course could lead you onto higher education to study Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse, Sports and Exercise Psychologist, Psychologist or Journalist, Medical Professions particularly Mental Health, Legal Professions including work in prisons and with offenders

Further information

To find out more about this course, visit one of our Open Evenings, contact us, or speak to school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.