Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Part-Time - Day Bede Campus A-Levels

What’s it all about?

Psychology is a highly desirable and valued subject, with strong links to many careers in a variety of different sectors.

The A-Level Psychology specification will allow you to explore the world of human behaviour. Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind.

If you find people fascinating and are intrigued by why people act the way they do, this is the course for you! Psychology will capture your imagination and provide opportunities to develop skills in assessing debates and arguments.

Throughout the two years you will explore techniques and research methods that psychologists use to investigate human phenomenon. In addition, you will be confident in mathematical skills through the use of data gathering and analysis.

At the end of the course you will have three examinations. Following this, you could go onto to study psychology at university, specialising in whatever field of psychology you're interested in.

5 GCSEs at grade 5-9, inc Eng Lang & Science. Grade 6 in Maths.

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

Behaviour in humans and animals is very complex and the first year is designed so that you can explain behaviour from different perspectives. You will consider aspects such as the 'social situation' in which an individual finds themselves in, biological factors that might influence behaviour and cognitive factors, such as memory.

The second year builds upon a strong foundation from year 1 and you will 'apply' theories and/or research to particular topic areas, such as clinical psychology and criminological psychology.

Throughout the two years you will explore techniques and research methods that psychologists use to investigate human phenomenon. In addition, you will be confident in mathematical skills through the use of data gathering and analysis.

The majority of the course is classroom based including self-guided research. At the end of the course, you will have three 2 hr examinations.

English and maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

The sixth form day is 9am-4.15pm and takes place Monday-Friday.

You will study each of your subjects for 4hr 45min per week, across three separate lessons.

Your timetable will be determined by the combination of subjects that your study, which will be made available to you at the start of the academic year.

You are not required to be on campus when you do not have a timetabled lesson, although we would strongly recommend that you are. Making effective use of our learning facilities and resources during such study periods, will ensure that you keep on top of your work and make significant progress in your studies, not to mention developing important time-management, organisation and independent-study skills.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCSE in Psychology are to enable students to:

- Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
- Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
- Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
- Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
- Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

Pearson Edexcel

What’s next?

With an A-Level in Psychology you will develop a wide range of employability skills and a deeper understanding and empathy for human beings.

This course could take you on to higher education and see you study a wide variety of courses including psychology, medicine, ophthalmic, biomedical sciences, engineering, law, education/teaching, criminology, sport science, and media and film.

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