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Psychology A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

Psychology is one of the Social Sciences and is the study of human behaviour and experience. It is about studying people and why we think and behave in the way that we do and how we develop.

The first year offers a broad range of topics including a study of stress, abnormality and how others influence our behaviour. There is also a research component which examines the methods Psychologists use to study human behaviour.

In year two, there are a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches which engages students with issues and debates within contemporary psychology. The topics include an examination of relationships, aggression, gender, psychology of the mass media, psycho pathology, eating behaviour and schizophrenia as well as a research unit.

Will this subject suit me?

This A Level is designed to develop skills of analysis and evaluation through an examination of arguments and evidence put forward by psychologists. You are expected to be interested in human behaviour and the world you live in. The ideal student would enjoy discussion, reading new ideas and challenging assumptions.

Good numeracy skills are required due to the science/mathematical nature of the subject.

Personal study time

A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons.  Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well.

Qualification title

A level Psychology

What students say about this subject

I’ve learned a lot

Interesting topics

Information was clear and helpful

Trying experiments helped me learn the key studies

You can relate what you have learned to familiar situations


Entry requirements

To study 3  A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths

Additional requirements: GCSE grade 5-9 in Maths plus 5-9 in a science subject if taking separate sciences/5-9 in Double Science / Core AND Additional Science



Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Most A Level students go on to university where Psychology has become a very popular subject with strong links to the other social sciences.


Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 25th October 2018, 4pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 21st November 2018, 4pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4pm - 7pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019, 4pm - 7pm

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: 15 May 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: CRENA1