Psychology A Level

Level A-level


What will I study?

Topics include conformity, obedience, resisting obedience, influences on social change, memory and why we forget, Eye-witness testimony, development of attachments, maternal deprivation, orphan studies, definitions of abnormality, the causes and treatments of mental disorders: phobias; depression; OCD; schizophrenia, origins of psychology, approaches to psychology, the nervous system, neurons and synaptic transmission, brain localization, biological rhythms, the endocrine system, gender identity, forensic (criminal) psychology.

Is this course right for me?

Students must be interested in people, why people do things, say things and think things. Students must have an open mind, and be able to change their opinions in light of scientific evidence. Students must be really keen to develop their evaluative skills, using self-reflection and peer work. Students must realise that psychology is a rigorous scientific discipline and will be expected to work hard. Students will be supported in and out of lessons through challenging concepts, and will be expected to work independently and collaboratively throughout an ultimately rewarding two years. You will need good Maths and English skills.

Where next?

Psychology A level is useful in all careers, especially for those which deal with people. To work as a professional psychologist or psychiatrist, a good Psychology degree and post graduate qualifications are usually required, although there are other routes in. Especially good for uniformed services, medicine, social work, education and business.

Minimum entry requirements

C/4 in Maths GCSE and C/4 in English Language GCSE or C/4 in English Literature. Please make sure that you have also looked at and understand the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.