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Psychology AS/ A Level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and experience. Everything you think, feel and do would be of interest to some type of psychologist! But how can we study something as complex and mysterious as the human mind? Even if we were to split open the skull of a willing volunteer and have a look at the pulsing brain inside, we would only see the gloopy grey matter of the brain. We cannot see someone’s thoughts, emotions, memories, perceptions or dreams. So how do psychologists go about studying the mind? This is what you will find out on this course.

Course content

You will complete 3 modules in this subject:

  • Component 1: Research Methods - How to conduct Psychological Research
  • Component 2: Psychological themes through Core Studies - How behaviour is explained
  • Component 3: Applied Psychology including issues in Mental Health  

Options modules include Child psychology and Criminal psychology.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are a minimum of five C grade GCSE’s including English, Maths and Science.


Assessment consists of 3 written exams externally assessed by OCR:

Component 1–2 hour paper worth 30%

Component 2–2 hour paper worth 35%

Component 3–2 hours paper worth 35%

Future opportunities

Past students have progressed onto a variety of degree courses including Psychology, Criminology, Crime Scene Science, Counselling, Teaching, Law, Sport Science, Nursing and Philosophy.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 July 2016
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