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Psychology AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

Studying Psychology at this level is challenging and demanding. It encourages you to think for yourself about complex issues and to critically assess evidence from a range of sources. Studying Psychology helps you develop a deeper awareness of yourself and others and gives you a major insight into human behaviour.

Course content

Compulsory content of the course includes:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in psychology

Optional elements of the course include:

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress
  • Aggression
  • Forensic psychology
  • Addiction

Entry requirements

The minimum qualifications required are 5 GCSE passes at grade B or above, to include:

  • GCSE English at
  • grade B or above
  • GCSE Science grade B
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • grade B
  • Being able to evaluate evidence is essential

You will also need an enquiring mind, an openness to others’ views and a mature approach to what can often be controversial and sensitive issues.


There are three exam papers that will be taken at the end of year 13 for the full A Level. Each exam is weighted to contribute 33.3% to the overall A Level grade. There are two exam papers for the AS accreditation, each paper is worth 50% of the overall AS Level and these exams would be taken at the end of year 12

Future opportunities

Graduate jobs may involve clinical psychologist, counsellor, educational psychologist, forensic psychologist, health psychologist, HE lecturer, occupational psychologist, market research executive, personnel officer, teacher, social researcher, social worker, speech and language therapist, psychotherapist.

Further information

The Psychology Department has dedicated rooms in Place House. There is also a comprehensive Psychology book collection at both Place House and in the Library. Students will be provided with folders, dividers, text books, handouts and assessment exercises. Additional books, videos and articles are available at Place House.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years