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AS/A-Level Psychology at Leeds City College

Course description

The course is designed to develop your knowledge of psychological approaches, theories, concepts and methods and how the science of phychology works.

You will also be introduced to important issues and debates within psychology as applied to contemporary psychological topics.

Course content

You will learn about four major approaches to psychology in year 1, exploring key items of research, learning about important studies related to that topic, and finding our how research is conducted in that area of psychology.  You will learn to use statistical tests to help interpret data collected in class exercises.

Year 2 gives you an opportunity to study some uses of psychology in the real world.  You will discover how the approaches you have learnt come together to explain human behaviour.

Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

Additional entry criteria - Grades CC or above in GCSE Core and Additional Science or A*-C in 2 single science subjects.  GCSE grade A*-B/9-5 in GCSE Maths.


There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.

Future opportunities

A-Level Psychology is considered to be appropriate for many different degree courses including psychology, pharmacy, business, personnel, teaching and accountancy.  Possible career routes include specialist areas of psychology, such as forensic, occupational and health.

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: 07 November 2017
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