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Psychology A level at East Sussex College

Course description

Students will start the course by looking at three introductory topics to psychology, (Social, Cognitive and Attachment). In each one you will discover a key topic of research, learn about important studies related to that topic and find out how research is conducted within that area. You will then start to look psychology in context, how it is applied to the real world and how research is conducted within psychology. You will learn to use statistical tests to help interpret data collected in class exercises. The second year provides you with the opportunity to develop your psychological skills, knowledge and understanding further and apply to the real world. We start by expanding our understanding of behaviour further by looking at Biopsychology as an explanation. How does the brain work? How does our brain impact on our behaviour? We then explore the many Issues and debates in psychology, for example do we have the choice to behave the way we do or is our behaviour determined for us? Are psychological studies biased in some way? As with Year 1 psychological research methods are looked at throughout Year 2 with the opportunity to conduct and present your own research practical's

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C/5, Maths grade C/4 and Combined Science grade CC/5-5.


You will be assessed through three written examinations at the end of the second year. There is no coursework element to this course.

Future opportunities

Completing A level Psychology can lead to a range of university degrees such as psychology, nursing, law, social sciences, physical sciences and medicine. Many employers and universities see the skills gained in A Level Psychology as valuable in many other careers as well.

Further information

The Psychology A level is much more challenging than most students imagine it to be. To do well students need to be well organised and prepared to work hard throughout the year. Many students find that this subject works well with A level Biology and Sociology.

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: 18 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 0339/011
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