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Psychology A Level at Havant Sixth form College

Course description

One of our most popular A Level courses, Psychology is a fascinating and lively subject which uses scientific methods to study human behaviour and thinking. Combining research, literacy, statistical analysis and critical evaluation skills, it’s a great launchpad for a whole range of related science degrees, including forensics, criminology and occupational therapy. A qualification in Psychology will also be extremely valuable if you’re planning a career in communications, culture, marketing, human resources, teaching or business.

Course content

Initially, you will study the main approaches in psychology, and biopsychology in particular, to gain a grounded foundation in the subject from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of behaviour. You will also study memory, attachment, social influence, psychopathology and research methods in the First Year. A series of short and manageable practical experiments and tests accompany the areas of the syllabus and allow students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology. In the Second Year students develop their understanding of psychology, its uses and scientific methodology through selection of a choice of applications including psychology of addiction, schizophrenia and cognitive development. Within these, students will carry out a range of practicals and small class tests.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics with grade 4 or above in a Science subject such as Biology or core science. 


This is a two year A Level and will be assessed through three 2 hour exams. The three exams include a variety of different questions, including multiple choice structured questions, short questions and questions requiring an extended piece of writing.

Future opportunities

Psychology students progress to a wide variety of degrees and occupations. The degrees, most closely related to this A Level course, that our students have gone on to include: psychology, occupational therapy, forensic psychology, psychology & criminology, applied psychology, cognitive science, social psychology, human psychology, psychology & education and psychology & counselling. Students have also found psychology useful when applying for social work, nursing, midwifery, youth and community studies along with the many communication, culture and media courses.

Further information

You’ll have opportunities to attend national workshops and residential study conferences at various universities. You could also visit Auschwitz to reinforce your learning about destructive obedience in your First Year after studying social influence; we are also planning visits to Marwell Zoo to gain first-hand experience of specific phobias such as arachnophobia. We regularly invite leading experts and academics to give talks to students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havant Sixth form College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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