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Psychology A Level at Newton Abbot College

Course description

Psychology is the fascinating scientific study of the brain and behaviour. Research in Psychology seeks to understand and explain how we think, act and feel. 

It is about what makes people unique and interesting and why they behave as they do. Because human behaviour is complicated, Psychology has used a number of different approaches to trying to explain behaviour. These include learning, cognitive and biological approaches in A Level Year 1 and AS, with psychodynamic and humanistic approaches added for the A Level Year 2. Knowledge of these approaches provides an essential background to the explanations and theories you will be studying throughout the course.

During the course, you will develop the ability to analyse and evaluate psychological theories, concepts, studies and findings. This will involve what we call methodological evaluation of studies to determine whether the findings are valuable. It is therefore essential that you are confident with science based subjects, as well as English language to help you with extended pieces of writing.  As research methods are a large part of A Level Psychology, you also need be competent in Mathematics.

Course content

Course modules over the two years include:

  • Social influence;
  • Memory;
  • Attachment;
  • Approaches in Psychology;
  • Psychopathology;
  • Research methods;
  • Biopsychology;
  • Issues and debates in Psychology;
  • Schizophrenia;
  • Aggression;
  • Cognitive development.

Entry requirements


Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.


C or above in Biology at GCSE or 2 Cs in Double Science (lone/additional).


Future opportunities

Psychology teaches you invaluable skills which are respected by both universities and employers. The skills of communication, evaluation, research and data-analysis developed during the A Level course are transferable to a variety of degree courses at university; for example Psychology, Criminology, Law, Forensic Science, Sociology, Medicine and Anthropology. Psychology can also provide a route into a wide range of professions, including Sports Therapy, Teaching, Human Resources, Counselling, Health related careers and Social Work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years