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Psychology A Level at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

If you are interested in why other people think and act differently from you then you will enjoy Psychology! Psychology is a Science; it is the study of the individual. It seeks to explain how we learn, why we behave in particular ways and how we think. Essentially, psychology is interested in what makes people tick. Therefore Psychology also covers issues such as mental illness.

Course content

AS: AS student will study alongside the A Level students as during the first year the content is the same for both groups. In the first year you will study the human memory, attachment and social influence. Throughout the year you will learn about many pieces of research for example how we remember things, how we develop attachments throughout childhood and Milgram’s infamous obedience experiment, later replicated by Derren Brown (look it up!). In the second half of the year you will begin designing and conducting psychological experiments and will analyse your own results in comparison to psychologists’ findings. The psychopathology topic allows a deep understanding of abnormality and treatments while research methods allows individuals to understand many of the issues involved with psychological experiments. A2: The topics in AS will be taught during your first year and you will sit the AS exam as a milestone to outline the level you are working at. In your second year you will learn about the nervous system, brain functioning and why humans and animals sleep. You will learn about eating disorders, human aggression and the scientific process involved in many psychological issues. You will consider debates such as the nature/ nurture debate. 

Entry requirements

The normal 5 A* to C pass rate to study advanced Level 3 courses.


Psychology is an examined subject. There is no coursework. Both AS and A2 Psychology are assessed through examinations in May/June. 

Future opportunities

Many students choose to study Psychology at university. This could lead to a specialist career in Psychology, for example becoming a Forensic Psychologist or a Sports Psychologist. Psychology is applicable to virtually every career, as most careers involve working with people. In the past, students with a Psychology A Level have gone into careers in the health profession, worked in business, trained to become teachers and entered the police force. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years