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Psychology A level at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Psychology is all around you and touches on every aspect of your life! Who you are now, how you will be in the future, how you interact with family, friends, and strangers; these are all things that can be explored and better understood with A level psychology. Furthermore, psychology offers a combination of professional, personal and academic skills beyond higher education. Among the MANY advantages of studying Psychology, the main advantages include: -

  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Developing analytical skills and understanding real-world issues through the application of the scientific method
  • Providing excellent job prospects in a variety of areas (both directly and indirectly)

Entry requirements

Minimum 6 GCSEs at grade A*- C (including English Language) for A Level study programmes, and:

  • grade C or above in GCSE Maths, English and Double Science Award (Biology is preferable)
  • Good numeracy and statistical skills are beneficial. Interest in reading, current issues and key topics in society
  • Some comfort/ability to learn advanced biological and statistical concepts, theories and terms.


A Level – 3 written exams in June, all 2 hour papers – Paper 1 and 2 are 35% of the A level, and Paper 3 is 30%

All consist of short answer questions and extended essays covering the core themes from the syllabus.

Future opportunities

A psychology A level enables you to acquire a variety of transferable skills. These include numeracy, argument synthesis, data analysis, time management, independent research, team work, report writing, presentation skills, interpersonal and communication skills, plus an evolved ability to work ethically and professionally with people. All skills are highly valued in a range of employment fields.

As a graduate, your knowledge of all areas of psychology makes you eligible for entry into any field typically open to Psychology graduates, or for further graduate training which is required for graduates wishing to work as a chartered professional Psychologist.

  • Direct career opportunity areas include: - Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Occupational Psychology, Research and Academic & Forensic Psychology, Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Indirect career opportunity areas include: - Career advising, human resources, social work, market research and many more!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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