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AS/A2 Level: Psychology at De Lisle College

Course description

Psychology gives you an insight into human behaviour and the influences upon that behaviour.


This course could appeal to all prospective A-Level students and can be combined successfully with any other course. It is particularly suitable for students taking Maths, any Science, Sports Science or Sociology, as there are areas of overlap with these subjects.


Course content



Module 1 Cognitive Psychology eg Memory, Developmental Psychology eg Attachment and Research Methods.

Module 2 Biological psychology eg Stress, Social Psychology eg Abnormality and Individual Differences.


Module 3 3 units on Biorhythms and Sleep, Aggression and Perception

Module 4 Schziphrenia, Addiction and Research Methods.


Lessons are based on a core textbook, but supplemented by visual material (DVD s, articles) and practical activities. Students will experience active learning as well as more traditional teaching methods. Students are expected to work as individuals, in pairs, and in small groups, and to take an active part in class discussions.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE S Grades A*-C with at least 2 at Grade B. GCSE Maths, Science and English Language at grade B are highly desirable. No previous experience of psychology is required.



AS - 50% of final A Level mark - Modules 1 and 2 2 x 1 and a half hour exams with compulsory questions.

A2 - 50% of final A Level mark Module 3 - 1 and a half hour exam, 3 compulsory essays. Two examinable modules plus one piece of coursework Module 4 - 2 hour exam - essays and compulsory research methods question.

Future opportunities

This course can lead on to a wide variety of HE courses and employment at 18. Those wishing to take Psychology at degree level should be aware that leading universities require GCSE Maths grade B or above, and favour those with A Levels that have a scientific base.

Possible careers include clinical psychology, educational psychology, occupational psychology and forensic psychology.

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education.

Psychology is widely acknowledged as a Science A Level. All universities (including Oxbridge) regard it as a highly academic subject.

Further information

The College holds an Open Evening in October and prospective students can attend and discuss the course with the tutors.

Otherwise contact the College for an appointment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AQA Psychology A