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Psychology A level at The Bourne Academy

Course description

Psychology gives a strong academic basis for a huge number of university courses. If you plan to study Psychology at university and are aiming for a career in sports psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology, law, politics, government, marketing or public relations, then Psychology is the right A level subject for you.

Course content

Unit 1 – Psychology Past to Present – 33.3% of A level

Learners will be asked to explore contemporary debates using their knowledge and understanding of the five approaches (biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and positive).

Unit 2 – Psychology: Investigating behaviour – 33.3% of A level

This unit is designed to introduce research methods. Pupils will be expected to carry out their own psychological research using two research methods.

Unit 3 – Psychology: Implications in the real world – 33.3% of A level

Having learnt about the various psychological approaches in unit 1, learners are expected to apply this knowledge and understanding to human/animal behaviours.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have five or more A*-C grades at GCSE. A level Psychology is a demanding academic course requiring strong analysis skills, very good reasoning skills and a keen interest in scientific research methods.


A level Psychology is 100% examination with 3 exams at the end of the 2nd year.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Psychology can lead to university studies and a career in psychology, plus a wide variety of careers that involve personal interaction or communication, such as marketing, health care and personnel management. If you want to enter or progress in employment, you’ll find your A Level Psychology will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills and an understanding of people – essential in practically every walk of life.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bourne Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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