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Psychology A-Level at Cromwell Community College

Course description

Psychology is one of the most popular A levels in the country. It will appeal to students who have an interest in the mind and how it works. Psychologists attempt to describe and explain a variety of human behaviours and during the course you will be addressing questions such as: Can we rely on our memories? Why do we get stressed? Why do some people give in to peer pressure? What is normal/abnormal behaviour?

The aim of the course is to study psychological theories, research, terminology, concepts, studies and methods. You will develop the skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation and an understanding of different areas of psychology. Assignments will include a range of activities alongside note-taking, such as developing PowerPoint presentations, writing essays, carrying out webquests and taking part in discussions and debate.


Course content

The A level course consists of three papers taken at the end of a two year course examining the following topics:

Compulsory content

Social influence




Approaches in Psychology


Research methods

Issues and debates in Psychology


Option 1 - One topic selected from the following:



Cognition and development

Option 2 - One topic chosen from the following:


Eating behaviour


Option 3 – one topic chosen from the following:


Forensic Psychology


Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Science and in English and Maths at GCSE.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you. Careers and future opportunities Degrees in Psychology, Sports Science, Cognitive Science, Social Science, Business Studies, Marketing and Advertising. Careers in Clinical Psychology, Criminology, Occupational Psychology, Health service, Social Work, Social Administration, Teaching and Management.

Further information

Contact Mrs R Tarrant at Cromwell Community College for further information. Delivery: Full-time


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: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years