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A Level Psychology at Brinsworth Academy

Course description

This course will allow you to study the science behind behaviour and the mind.

Course content

In Year 12, you will study social influence, memory, attachment, approaches, biopsychology, psychopathology and research methods (including the use of maths within psychology). In Year 13, you will cover schizophrenia, forensic psychology,cognitive development, issues and debates and further research methods.

Entry requirements

You are required to achieve at least a grade 4 in GCSE English language, maths and science. Having a grade 5+ in maths is preferred to allow you to access all the mathematical content within the course.


This is a new-style A level where your AS grade does not contribute to your A level grade. AS level is assessed at the end of Year 12. You will sit two papers of 1 hour 30 minutes each, each worth 50% of the AS grade. Each paper contains a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. The full A level qualification will be taken at the end of Year 13. You will sit three papers of 2 hours each, each worth 33.3% of the A level grade. Again, each paper will contain a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. There is no coursework in Psychology.

Future opportunities

Psychology is categorised as a science A level, so can be helpful for those wishing to go on to study a Bachelor of Science degree. Many students go on to study related degrees in one of the Social Sciences, including Psychology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Work. However, Psychology A level gives you a wide range of skills which would be of use in nearly all higher education courses. These include written communication,critical thinking, problem solving, investigation and numerical skills. These are also great skills to be able to offer an employer if you are thinking of going straight into employment after your A levels.

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: 28 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years