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Psychology A Level at Rye Studio School

Course description

Psychology is one of the most popular A Level subjects and a very popular degree course. It is a fascinating yet challenging academic subject that demands the ability to compose a logically developed discussion, using scientific evidence to support your arguments.

To succeed in psychology you will need a high standard of English and a logical approach to problems. Ideally you should have at least a B in English and in Science GCSEs.

Psychology will:

•             Give you a greater understanding of why people behave the way they do

•             Deepen your knowledge of yourself

•             Develop your ability to argue coherently

•             Develop your ability to carry out research

•             Give you an academic A Level which counts as a science and a humanity subject

•             Become a lifelong passion!


What will I learn?

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. AQA (A) AS Psychology explores how and why we behave in different contexts. Psychology is a very diverse subject, so the course also aims to give an overview of the range of approaches taken in research.


In Unit 1 three topics are taught:


• Cognitive Psychology, including memory & eyewitness testimony;

• Developmental Psychology including infant attachment and child care;

• Research Methods in psychology.

• In Unit 2 three topics are taught:

• Biological Psychology including stress and managing stress;

• Social psychology including conformity, obedience and independence;

• Individual Differences including abnormality, approaches and therapies.

How will I be assessed?

Each unit is assessed through a 1½ hour written examination. Both exams are taken in the summer. While a practical approach is taken to learning, there is no controlled assessment or coursework.


What can the qualification lead to?

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses.

A psychology degree develops excellent communication skills and independent research ability; it provides a solid foundation for a wide variety of career opportunities. It is relevant to any career which involves interpersonal skills.  If a student decides to pursue a career directly related to the psychology field, options available include Forensic/Criminal Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist and Child Psychologist. Psychology also complements many other areas such as business and the creative industries.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE passes. Preferably with a higher pass at English and Science. 


Future opportunities

To prepare young people for the world of work and embed employability skills at the heart of the curriculum, Rye Studio delivers a specialist work placement programme that offers students the chance to work in companies such as The Jerwood, The De La Warr Pavilion, Dove International, Modus PR, Rye Arts Festival and The White Rock Theatre.

Rye Studio students also benefit from our unique Deloitte programme co-ordinated by Howard Lovell who invite his network of Chief Executives from Europe to mentor, coach, employ and address employability skills, whilst offering extended careers advice and guidance.

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: 18 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years