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Psychology A Level at Reading College

Course description

Are you fascinated by people’s behaviour and interested in understanding what motivates people to do certain things? Psychology involves the study of the mind and behaviour. This A level is a good introduction to Psychology and will give you a broad introduction into the different theories on what affects our behaviour. 

Your course will also look at the methods used to study human beings and different aspects of human behaviour. Course activities are a combination of practical exercises and theory.

This course can be studied as part of the Business, Communications, Science or Social Science Pathway.

Course content

Studying Psychology will involve learning about: the different theories about what affects behaviour the methods used to study human beings different aspects of human behaviour. 

Your study will include the following: 

  • unit 1: introducing psychology (research approaches to psychology gender) 
  • unit 2: individual differences social psychology and cognitive psychology 
  • unit 3: child development and options (atypical and forensic psychology) 
  • unit 4: perspectives debates and research methods in psychology.

Your Psychology AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study.You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set review and achieve your targets. 

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A level students progress successfully to higher education.

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering work experience sport and performing.

Entry requirements

Six GCSE grades A* to C including a B grade in English Language and C in Maths. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress on to your second year of study.


All of the assessments for this course are through timed examinations.

Financial information

The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact

Future opportunities

You could progress to further study at a higher level including degrees in Psychology. The subject is beneficial to anyone who will be pursuing a career involving contact with people such as nursing social work counselling human resources or teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

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