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A Level: Psychology at De Lisle College

Course description

In studying psychology at De Lisle we look at various different approaches which attempt to explain what makes us the way we are. This involves looking at the extent to which our mental life and behaviour may be accounted for by our biology, environmental conditioning, cognitive processes, and the conscious and unconscious aspects of the mind. We also look at the practical application of psychology: for example, in how we define, explain, and treat mental health problems; in the origins and explanations of apparent gender differences; and in how to best foster healthy psychological functioning. If you are interested in what makes us who we are and why we do what we do, then psychology is the right choice for you.

Course content

The emphasis in this course is learning by doing, so you’ll be able to take an active, practical and independent role in your learning. There is a large focus on additional reading outside of lessons and discussion and debate inside the lessons are encouraged.

Year 1

You will learn about conformity, social norms, how the mind remembers and forgets, how children form attachments, the different approaches in psychology, how to design and conduct your own research, the biological basis of behaviour and the explanation and treatment of abnormal behaviour.

Year 2

In the second year of the A-level you’ll deepen your understanding of human behaviour through the exploration of psychological concepts, research methods and ethical issues, alongside the Issues and Debates in Psychology. You will study Gender, Aggression and Schizophrenia in detail during the second year and learn about the fascinating tendencies of human behaviour.

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 5 in English & Maths GCSE.


For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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Future opportunities

What can you do with Psychology?

  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Doctor, Nurse or other health professional
  • Criminal or Forensic Psychologist
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Sales
  • Human Resource Management name a few!

However Psychology is seen as useful in any occupation involving work with people.

Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.


Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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