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Psychology A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

What causes mental illness?

Why are we scared of certain animals?

How does the brain work?

How does your childhood affect your adult personality?


Is Psychology for you?
  • You are interested in human behaviour and methods used to investigate it.
  • You are naturally curious and would like to know the reasons for our behaviour such as why we dream, why some people are aggressive and what causes phobias.
  • You have a good science background.
  • You may wish to consider studying AS Statistics which will help you understand and analyse data – a valuable skill for Psychology students.

Course content

AS Year

Social influence

You will learn how our behaviour is affected by our friends, family and other groups of people.


You will learn explanations on why we forget and why eyewitness testimony can be unreliable.




You will learn about mental illness including depression, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder.




You will learn about the central nervous system and also how different parts of the brain can affect our behaviour.


Research methods


You will learn about a range of methods used to investigate human behaviour.


A2 Year


You will learn about physical attractiveness and what characteristics people look for.

Schizophrenia/Eating Disorders

You will learn about what the symptoms of these disorders are and what is thought to cause these severe conditions.


Forensic Psychology


You will learn about explanations of offender behaviour and also methods of dealing with offending behaviour such as the effectiveness of prisons.


Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including at least a grade C in English Language.


All assessment for this course is through written examination.

Future opportunities

Psychology students can go on to specialise in a particular area in Higher Education, such as Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Therapy or Occupational Psychology.

The skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research. The study of Psychology is also good preparation for any career involving people. These include careers in education, health, marketing, management, human resources and government services, including the police.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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