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Psychology A level at Havering Sixth Form College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain and behaviour. The course requires the close analysis and evaluation of a range of complex psychological studies, research methods, issues and debates. There is also some Biology in the course as the structure and function of the brain is studied as well as the role of genes in determining our behaviour. There is an element of using mathematical skills as part of psychological research. A high level of accuracy, strong essay writing, and critical thinking skills are all required.

Course content

You can expect to:

  • Develop a critical understanding of psychological research, theories and approaches
  • Develop your ability to critically discuss and evaluate a variety of studies
  • Develop your written and communication skills through analysis of research
  • Develop mathematical skills used in psychological research
  • Study research methods used in psychological research, including laboratory experiments, observations and interviews;
  • Areas of study include: Clinical psychology and Criminological psychology; theories and therapies and how they develop through research.

Entry requirements

One grade B and four grade Cs at GCSE, BB Grade Science GCSE.


Exam Board – Eduqas (part of WJEC)

100% Exam

Financial information

Compulsory Cost

£5 - A charge for workbooks/revision booklets.

Future opportunities

Some students go on to study Psychology as a degree in its own right, whereas others choose to combine it with a wide range of subjects including Sociology and Law.

The entry criteria for Psychology degrees has seen an increase lately with many courses requiring strong Science grades at A Level as well as strong GCSE grades in Maths, English and the Sciences. Psychology can make a useful contribution to careers such as mental health work, human resources, teaching, medicine, research and management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years