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Psychology A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of people, which tries to understand and explain thought, behaviour and emotion. If you’re fascinated by the mind, this course is sure to capture your imagination! You will look at different ways of investigating human behaviour, covering several areas of psychology and studying major psychological approaches and studies. You will also discover if behaviour is affected by our thoughts, how our bodies respond to a situation, and why childhood learning affects our future. Are you interested in why people behave the way they do? Are you planning a career in which you will interact with other people? If so, then psychology might be for you. Studying psychology will help you gain an insight into why people behave the way they do and how to help people change their behaviour. You will get to study behaviour yourself and critically analyse other people’s research in a scientific way.

Course content


Research Methods

This unit looks at examining the methods used in psychology to study behaviour. You will have an opportunity to carry out some research on people yourself.

Psychological Themes through Core Studies

You will study 20 pieces of ground breaking research in psychology. You will consider questions such as; can someone alter your memory?; do you understand what someone else is thinking?; why are some children aggressive?; how does your brain structure affect your behaviour?

Applied Psychology

Learn about how psychology is used in the real world. Crime psychology studies why people turn to crime, how psychology is used in the courtroom and how criminals can be rehabilitated. Health and clinical psychology examines dysfunctional behaviours, mental illnesses and how they can be treated. In this unit you have to think more widely about psychology and in particular consider some of the wider debates and issues. For example, does identifying the cause of behaviour mean that sometimes we are not personally responsible for how we behave.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade C at GCSE English Language.

Students will also need a minimum of GCSE grade C in Maths and Science.


You will take mock examinations at the end of your first year of study. These examinations will be based on the content you have learned in year one. You will take 3 examinations at the end of year two based on the full two years of work. These are the only examinations that will count towards the final A Level grade.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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