Havant Sixth Form College

A Levels: Psychology

Why study Psychology?

One of our most popular A Level courses, Psychology is a fascinating and lively subject which uses scientific methods to study human behaviour and thinking. Combining research, literacy, statistical analysis and critical evaluation skills, it’s a great launchpad for a whole range of related science degrees, including forensics, criminology and occupational therapy. A qualification in Psychology will also be extremely valuable if you’re planning a career in communications, culture, marketing, human resources, teaching or business.

What will I study?

Initially, you will study the main approaches in psychology, and biopsychology in particular, to gain a grounded foundation in the subject from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of behaviour. You will also study memory, attachment, social influence, psychopathology and research methods in the First Year. A series of short and manageable practical experiments and tests accompany the areas of the syllabus and allow students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology. In the Second Year students develop their understanding of psychology, its uses and scientific methodology through selection of a choice of applications including psychology of addiction, schizophrenia and cognitive development. Within these, students will carry out a range of practicals and small class tests.

How will I be assessed?

This is a two year A Level and will be assessed through three 2 hour exams. The three exams include a variety of different questions, including multiple choice structured questions, short questions and questions requiring an extended piece of writing.

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

You will also need grade 4 or above in a Science subject such as Biology or core science. 

What Havant adds to this

You’ll have opportunities to attend national workshops and residential study conferences at various universities. You could also visit Auschwitz to reinforce your learning about destructive obedience in your First Year after studying social influence; we are also planning visits to Marwell Zoo to gain first-hand experience of specific phobias such as arachnophobia. We regularly invite leading experts and academics to give talks to students.

Your destinations with this course

Psychology students progress to a wide variety of degrees and occupations. The degrees, most closely related to this A Level course, that our students have gone on to include: psychology, occupational therapy, forensic psychology, psychology & criminology, applied psychology, cognitive science, social psychology, human psychology, psychology & education and psychology & counselling. Students have also found psychology useful when applying for social work, nursing, midwifery, youth and community studies along with the many communication, culture and media courses.


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