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Psychology A level at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description

Psychology is the study of behaviour and the mind.


  • Introductory Topics
  • Psychology in Context
  • Issues & Options in Psychology

In the first year, you will study:

  • memory;
  • research methods;
  • attachment;
  • stress;
  • social influence;
  • individual differences.

In the second year, the units chosen are:

  • eating behaviour;
  • aggression;
  • relationships;
  • research methods and statistics;
  • media psychology.

You will learn through lectures, group work, independent work, university style activities, student presentations and discussions, complemented by independent study at home and a range of organised trips. This subject combines well with business/economics, English, History, Law, Government and Politics, and Sociology as well as Biology and Maths

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs, grade C or above, including English Language and Maths. GCSE Double Science grade AA - BB, GCSE grade B in a subject which includes extended writing, such as English or History. All applicants will be interviewed.


The AS-Level is 100% exam based. A minimum of a D grade is needed at AS Level to progress onto year 2 of the course.

The A-Level is 100% exam based. Your final grade will solely be calculated from the results in your final papers.

Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each subject has a number of assessments throughout the year and can include the following: external exams, independent research, presentations, essays, coursework, and in-class tests.

Future opportunities

Where will this course take you? Our students go on to university to study a range of humanities and social science degrees, including criminology. There are also specialist careers which can be followed in psychology. For these you will need a degree in psychology as well as further training.

The typical salary for a psychology graduate is £19,000 to £21,000 pa with professional employment opportunities in education, public sector institutions, police service, journalism, nursing, social work, business, psychotherapy and counselling.

Further information

You will learn in dedicated classrooms. There are three AS or A2 classroom sessions per week and they fit in with your overall programme of study, usually across five days at college.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017