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Psychology A Level at Farnham College

Course description

Psychology is a science and according to (QCA, 2008) Qualifications and Curriculum Authority using expert judgment they found the assessment of psychology and Biology at A level were of equivalent difficulty.

Psychology is not an easy option but is a very broad and interesting subject. For example, we all like to think we understand people’s behaviour. We happily suggest reasons for aggressive or helping behaviour or for attraction between people and feel that we know what makes people do what they do. We like to make sense of people, including ourselves.

But common sense can be contradictory - does "absence make the heart grow fonder" or is it a case of “out of sight, out of mind”? And common sense can lead to superficial or shallow explanations.

Psychology goes beyond “common sense” to provide a more systematic and profound understanding of behaviour, including explanations you may not have considered In Psychology students will develop skills in forensic thinking required for research, evaluative skills required for essay writing and moral/ethical decision making. Furthermore they will develop a range of data skills, numeracy skills and literacy skills such as argument construction and presentation.

Psychology consider many different formulas of explanations: biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, and cognitive and learn that there are no clear answers to many questions we ask ourselves.

Course content

Psychology covers a wide range of interesting subjects, for example Attachment and its links to day-care, memory and its links into Criminal Justice, Stress and Psychopathology and forensic psychology which looks at criminal profiling to name a few.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and a Science subject, and English Language at grade B or above.



There are three exams all in the summer at the end of your second year. Each exam is two hours and 33% of the total mark. There will be a combination of multiple choice; short answer and extended writing question.

Future opportunities

Degrees in forensics, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, counselling psychology or combine psychology with other subjects such as criminology.

Further information

AS students go to London zoo to meet a clinical psychologist, who explains about the Zoo's phobia clinic and students get the opportunity to take part in a group hypnosis session and meet the spider (cost £30).

A2 students go to Bedlam, the oldest mental institution, to see archive documents, restraints and art work; and to meet a psychologist working on the wards to discuss elements of what happens nowadays (cost £25).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 June 2016
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