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Psychology AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at Cheltenham College

Course description

Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviours of both individuals and groups. It is the scientific study of why people are the way they are and do what they do. It is essentially about each and every one of us and covers both normal and abnormal human functioning. A student of Psychology must have an enquiring mind and be interested in ‘what makes people tick’. It offers a great insight into the behaviours of ourselves and those around us.  

Course content

Psychology was first introduced as a discipline at College for the academic year 2012-13 and is a popular choice with A level students.  The aim is to provide an introduction to a range of different areas of Psychology in the Lower Sixth in order to give an appreciation of the diversity of areas of study in this exciting new subject.   
Students discover some of the famous theories that have been developed in the short history of this fairly new area of scientific study. They are also taught how to evaluate such theories using research studies to support or contradict them. In doing so they learn how Psychologists design and carry out research using a variety of experimental and non-experimental research techniques. This enables us to take a practical approach in our teaching and students find themselves as participants in real research or replications of famous studies.    
Psychology is a science and the course also includes ‘How science works’ and considers areas of pseudoscience and the process of scientific progress, designing research, data analysis and drawing appropriate conclusions.   
As part of the practical work students have a field trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park and Garden to practise their observational research techniques and to also appreciate why some Psychologists use animals when researching Psychological phenomena. Students are encouraged to consider the ethical implications that arise from the study of both humans and animals as participants in research and to consider how best to design ethically sensitive research.   
In the Upper Sixth there is a greater depth of study in a smaller range of areas and A2 students are expected to write essays as well as be able to interpret statistical data.   
There is also a College Psychological Society which meets half-termly with both visiting speakers and internal talks or activities designed by our students. 


All pupils study the AQA Psychology A course in the Sixth Form. Details of this course are outlined below:

AS Course:

  • Unit 1: Developmental Psychology (Attachment and Day Care), Cognitive Psychology (Memory, Eye Witness Testimony and Memory Strategies) and Research Methods
  • Written Paper of 1 hour 30 minutes. (25%)
  • Unit 2: Social Psychology (Conformity, Obedience and Independent Behaviour), Individual Differences (Definitions, Approaches and Treatments for Abnormality) and Biological Psychology (Stress and Stress Management)
  • Written Paper of 1 hour 30 minutes. (25%)   

A2 Course:

  • Unit 3: A selection of 3 topics from Aggression, Relationships, Eating Behaviour, Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Perception, Gender, Cognitive Development and Intelligence and Learning. 
  • Written Paper of 1 hour 30 minutes. (25%)
  • Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods
  • Written Paper of 2 hours (25%)    

Financial information


Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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