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Psychology A Level at New Charter Academy & 6th Form

Course description

Are you interested in understanding human behaviour? Have you ever wondered what causes people to behave in certain ways? Which is more important nature or nurture? What is intelligence? Why do we dream? Why do people conform to society norms? What causes mental illness? Is gender socially or biologically constructed? How can we improve our memory? What happens to children who are isolated from forming any attachments? Are you introvert or extrovert? What makes us the person we are?

Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour: how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and with the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour. It is a broad subject, with many different areas and a number of different approaches towards explaining behaviour. Not all psychologists agree with each other! Psychologists observe human behaviour, create theories to explain the behaviour, and then carry out research to test these theories.

You will learn to evaluate and analyse a range of theories about mind and behaviours and you will develop transferable research skills. Psychology is a challenging subject, requiring commitment and hard work. Ultimately though, the hard work is rewarded, with a deeper understanding of people, society and perhaps even yourself!

Course content

You will learn:

  • The Approaches in Psychology (cognitive, psychodynamic, biological, behavioral, humanistic)
  • Research methods used to investigate behaviour
  • Issues and debates in psychology


Through the exploration of the following topics:

  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Social influence
  • Gender
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Relationships

Entry requirements

You need to meet the stated Academy entry requirements for AS/A2 courses and have a B grade or above in English Language.


The course aims to give you some fundamental and lasting insights into behaviour and thought processes which will help you cope with the challenges of life, both for yourself and those you come into contact with.

Psychology will provide the opportunity to develop your skills in communication, information technology and application of number as well as improving your study and research skills.

As well as learning about behaviour and thought processes you will also learn how to express yourself coherently, how to challenge and evaluate information presented to you and how scientific information is produced. This course gives a general introduction to psychological theory and research, with the opportunities to enable students to study and apply, in practical terms, their own selected areas of psychological enquiry. Main areas of study include; social psychology, cognitive psychology and physiological and developmental psychology, plus research methods and individual differences.

The assessment of this course includes three examination papers:

  • Introductory Topics in Psychology – 2hrs (33.3% of course)
  • Psychology in context – 2 hrs (33.3% of the course)
  • Issues and options in Psychology– 2hrs (33.3% of the course).

Future opportunities

Students of A-level psychology go on to do a wide range of courses and careers, with psychology now being a very popular choice of course in higher education. A qualification in psychology may be relevant to a number of different career options including;


  • Educational Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Sport and Exercise Psychologists Counsellor
  • Personnel management
  • Market research, Police service, Nursing
  • Retail Manager
  • Psychotherapists
  • Teacher
  • Police Officer
  • Forensic Psychologists
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Advertising Agent 

Further information


An environment that supports the individual, is committed to your learning and is dedicated to your future.

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: 02 October 2015
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