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A Level: Psychology at Loughborough College

Course description

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour; in particular how and why people behave in certain ways. It can provide theories and suggestions, as well as practical ways of explaining, understanding, and solutions for behaviour. If you are interested in human behaviour and why we are all different but also share similarities, then AS and A Level Psychology is for you.

This course would be taken as part of an A Level programme with subjects, such as Sociology and Law.

Course content

Over the course of the two years we study the following topic areas: Approaches in Psychology (different ways of explaining behaviour), depression, OCD, phobias, memory, attachment (how babies form relationships with their carers), social influence (for example why people obey), research methods including statistics, schizophrenia, gender development, offending behaviour, biopsychology (looking at how biological factors can explain behaviour) and issues and debates in Psychology (for example, the nature/nurture debate).

Year 1:

  • Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology, including Social Influence, Memory, and Attachment
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context, including Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, and Research Methods

Year 2:

  • Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology, including Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, and Psychopathology
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context, including Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, and Research Methods
  • Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology, including Issues and Debates in Psychology and then three Psychology options (for example; Gender, Relationships, and Aggression)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language at grade 5; GCSE Maths at grade 4 and a grade 5 in one GCSE Science
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Future opportunities

Students who have studied A Level Psychology often go on to Higher Education to study for degrees in Psychology, Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology, Media, Law, or other humanities-related courses.

Psychology is particularly relevant for careers that are people-based, such as human resources, advertising, business, social work, or politics.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, come and visit us at one of ourOpen Days at Loughborough College or contact us at StudentRecruitment@loucoll.ac.uk.

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: 02 October 2018
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