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Psychology A level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. If you are interested in understanding the complexity of human nature, then A Level Psychology will give you an insight into how and why people behave in certain ways.

We will uncover explanations from both classic and contemporary research, investigating some of the most interesting human behaviours, such as prejudice, aggression and mental health. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C which should include English and Maths.

If you have not achieved a GCSE Grade C or above in English and/or Maths, you will be required to re-sit these exams during your AS year.


Learning and assessment

A Level Psychology is structured around 4 different approaches to explaining behaviour. Behaviours you will investigate include social psychology, cognitive psychology, biological psychology and learning psychology.

During these topics you will develop an understanding of research skills and be required to conduct your own practical studies.

The issues and debates topic highlights these skills and requires you to critically discuss the scientific challenges when studying psychology, including ethics, individual differences and social control.

Future opportunities

For any career involving interactions with others, psychology will be a useful underlying skill. This includes careers such as police, nursing, human resources, advertising, law, politics, teaching, research and many more.

Careers directly related to psychology are broad and include working in traditional roles as clinical, educational, forensic or occupational psychologists as well as the more progressive areas such as health and sports psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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