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Psychology A level at South Wiltshire UTC

Course description

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the mind, using a range of scientific methods to research and analyse the way we think, feel, act and interact with others.

Psychologists study human behaviour by observation, experimentation and testing. This in turn leads to the development of theories that are then the subject of further testing to establish if they are robust.

As an A Level subject, Psychology reflects the wide variety of applications of the subject in society including:
- Mental health;
- Child Psychology;
- Criminal Psychology;
- Environmental Psychology; and
- Sports Psychology.

By studying Psychology you will develop a strong understanding of research methods and the social, legal and ethical considerations Psychologists need to take into account in planning their studies.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied Psychology at GCSE to succeed at A Level. Subjects that will help you do well in Psychology are English (for essay and report writing), Maths (to ensure you are confident in statistical analysis and Science (especially Biology and Chemistry). Psychology combines well with most subjects because it helps explain the social and professional behaviour of people in society.


All assessment is based on examinations at the end of the course. The examinations are generally a combination of multiple choice questions, data analysis, short responses on research methodology and longer essay questions on practical applications of Psychology.

Future opportunities

Psychology is a very popular university subject because it is all about human behaviour and motivation. Professional Psychologists work in a wide range of careers including medicine, business, education and child development, sports science, forensics and criminology, counselling, design and research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wiltshire UTC directly.

Last updated date: 28 July 2015
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