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Psychology A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour and it aims to develop an understanding of psychological theories, research, terminology, concepts, approaches, methods and application.  Students will develop skills of critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation, as well as an understanding of different areas of psychology, including the core areas of cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology; individual differences and research methods.  The course covers an understanding of how to design and report on psychological investigations and analyse data.  Students will also understand ethical issues in psychology, including the implications of psychological research.


Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

This is a two year A level course which broadly divides into two sections: compulsory content which looks at the various strands of psychology such as research methods, social psychology, and psychopathology.  There are also specialised units such as eating behaviour, gender and forensic psychology. 

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve 5  GCSEs at grade 5 and above, including Mathematics and English, as well as a grade 6 or higher in science.  



This course is wholley assessed through examination.  There will be three two hour papers at the end of the course (each worth 33.3% of the A level).

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

Psychology A Level is relevant to many jobs, particularly those dealing with people.  These include health and social care, child care, customer service, the police and other emergency services, armed forces, advertising, sales, market research, personnel management and many others. 

Many choose to study psychology at University, with opportunities for further professional training in clinical, educational, forensic, organisational and counselling psychology.  Psychology also offers an excellent foundation for Higher Education in biological sciences (in combination with science subjects), Social Sciences, Sports Science, Humanities, Business, Law and Education. 

It is particularly useful for those wishing to persue vocational training in social work, education and childcare, nursing, medicine and related areas.  Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

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: 30 October 2018
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