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Psychology AS Level (AQA) at Hackney Community College

Course description

You will examine theories and studies in relation to Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Psychology. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of research methods associated with these areas of psychology together with knowledge and understanding of ethical issues associated with these areas of psychology. In unit 2 you will explore theories and studies in relation to individual differences, social psychology, and biological psychology.

Course content

You’ll learn through a variety of activities. Real life case studies will be used to explain theories. You are encouraged to discuss and share views in small groups. There are some practical elements to the course such as planning and carrying out presentations. You’ll learn through experiments, case studies, discussions, note taking, reading and individual research projects. Work will be text, number and graph based.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade A-C, including a minimum grade C in GCSE English language and Maths. Other qualifications (including overseas equivalents), will be considered.


A Level courses comprise two parts, leading to AS examinations at the end of the first year, followed by A2 examinations at the end of the second year. The exams take place in either Winter/Summer. Assessment is entirely by examination.

Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

A2 Level Psychology.

Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues. As a student of HCC Sixth Form, you are entitled to additional learning support if you need it. For many students additional support is provided on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. This is very beneficial to your learning as it is a mechansim by which you can develop your literacy and numeracy skills and so improve your chances of success on the course. Subject specific workshops are available after the October half term as one hour sessions per week to assist and support your learning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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