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Psychology AS Level at Highbury College

Course description

Psychologists observe and measure behaviour and their therapies are based on scientific study.

Psychology has links with many disciplines including biological, computer and forensic science as well as humanities such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology and even literature.

It involves the study of theory, empirical evidence and practical applications.

You can take this subject with other AS/A Levels or with a vocational BTEC programme.

Course content

In your first year you could study topics such as research methods, social psychology, gender development, individual differences or cognitive psychology.

This introduction will form a sound basis for the second year, in which you may study topics such as sleep, forensic psychology, celebrity worship, cognition and law, perception or mood disorders.

This programme will help you develop a number of skills, including:

  • How to view the world around you from different perspectives;
  • How to plan and conduct scientific investigations;
  • How to analyse and interpret data;
  • Critical reasoning skills;
  • How to put across your point of view fluently.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have five GCSEs at C or above, including English (B) and Maths (C) and a CC in Science.


In the first year you will sit two papers, each lasts for 90 minutes and accounts for 50% of your marks for the year. In the second year you will sit two papers and, once again, each paper accounts for 50% of your marks for the year.

Future opportunities

This qualification can be used as part of combination of subjects for entry to university or work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2016
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