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Psychology (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

Course description

In Psychology you will look to answer question such as:

+ Are mental disorders like depression genetic or learned?

+How does our memory work?

+How does childhood affect later romantic relationships?

At the beginning of the course we introduce you to all of the topics you will study and support you by showing you important study skills and resources available to help you succeed. There are also educational day trips and visits to enhance and enrich your studies.

Course content

In Paper one, you will study cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and psychopathology. This includes finding out about how memory works and how accurate memory is. You will study the impact of early childhood experiences on development and why people conform and obey in social situations, as well as learning about phobias, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. You will study the causes and treatments as well as how to carry out psychological research.

Topics on paper two include psychological approaches which look to explain why we behave the way we do, including the Biological Cognitive and Behavioural approaches. Additionally you will learn how psychologists conduct their research, from the methods they use to how they analyse their data. You will also study biological psychology, which will include learning about the structure and function of various neurons.

In the second year of the A level you will study topics such as stress and aggression, which includes determining different causes of aggression and how stress affects the immune system and could lead to illness.

Entry requirements

College entry to include GCSE Mathematics minimum 4 and Double Award GCSE Science minimum 4,4. Please refer to the Entry Requirements section page 30 for further details.


100% by examination

Future opportunities



Psychology is very useful in any career that involves working with people, e.g. in the nursing professions, the police force, or teaching. Many students continue to study Psychology at university which can lead to a variety of careers including clinical, educational, health or forensic psychology.

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: 05 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: SY-AL
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