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Psychology A Level at Holly Lodge 11-19 Science College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of people, behaviour and mind. There are opportunities to study the five major approaches in Psychology through Component 1 whilst also introducing ongoing debates and topics that continue to fascinate in Component 3. In Component 2 conducting personal investigations is an essential way of understanding and applying the principles of research methods.

“Psychology, unlike chemistry, unlike algebra, unlike literature, is an owner’s manual for your own mind. It’s a guide to life. What could be more important than grounding young people in the scientific information that they need to live happy, healthy, productive lives”

Course content

Component 1

Psychology Past and Present (33.3%)

Written examination 2 hour 15 minutes

(Compulsory questions relating to 5 psychological approaches, therapies and classic pieces of research evidence).

Component 2

Investigating Behaviour (33.3%)

Written examination 2 hours 15 minutes. Principles of research; Personal investigations; Application of research methods.

Component 3

Implications in the real world (33%)

Written examination 2 hours 15 minutes. Applications and controversies.

Entry requirements

It is not essential to have studied Psychology at GCSE level to do the A level. GCSE grade A-C in English, Maths and Science is essential.


Assessment is based on 100% exam there is no coursework element. All three components are assessed after two years as this is a linear course. The quality of written communication is assessed in every exam as some are short answer questions and others extended (essays).

Future opportunities

It has been in the top eight subject choices for the last 10 years: currently the fourth most popular A level

  • Psychology is now the third most commonly studied subject at university behind law and business.
  • Can study at degree level and postgraduate

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher
  • Health psychologist

Around two thirds of psychology graduates are in employment in the UK six months after graduating, while almost a quarter undertake further study or combine further study with work.

Major employers of psychology graduates include:

  • The National Health Service;
  • Local and national government;
  • Schools, sixth form colleges and colleges of further education;
  • Social services;
  • Police forces, the National Probation Service and prisons;
  • The media

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holly Lodge 11-19 Science College directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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