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Psychology GCE AS Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. At AS you will develop a broad understanding of the core areas of modern Psychology. These include theoretical perspectives on Psychology and the study of key psychological research. At A2 you will study topics such as relationships, forensic Psychology and controversies within Psychology, as well as research methods and statistics.

Course content

AS Level (year one)

Unit One

This unit will cover key approaches in Psychology: behaviourism, psychodynamic, cognitive and biological approaches.  You will learn about the assumptions, therapies and theories of each approach and how to compare and contrast them.


Unit Two

You will study classic research in the form of core studies into topics such as obedience, child development and eye-witness testimony. You will also learn about research methods, experimental and non-experimental methods, representing data, descriptive statistics and ethics.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Science at grade C or above.


Unit one is a written examination of 1 hour 15 minutes and will comprise of mainly short answers with some extended writing.  Unit two is 1 hour 45 minutes and comprises three shorter questions plus one extended question.

Further information

Psychology is one of the largest single subjects taught in the College. It is delivered by a team of very experienced and enthusiastic teachers, nearly all of whom are experienced external examiners.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year