Psychology - A Level (AQA)

Start Date: 05 September 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Suitable for: School Leavers
Location: Sixth Form College, Angel

Start Date: 06 September 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Suitable for: School Leavers
Location: Sixth Form Hub, Enfield

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Find out more about the courses and levels offered at City and Islington College

ABOUT THE COURSE

Why do individuals behave the way they do? Why do entire cultures have such diametrically opposed attitudes to social issues from each other? A Level Psychology is an exciting course that introduces you to the scientific study of human behaviour, while also helping you learn how to plan and conduct your own research.

Psychology explores the idea of 'nature vs. nurture'; is our behaviour determined by biological factors, or the environment we are exposed to? For example, how infant-caregiver relationships influence people's lives, how our memory works (or doesn't), what makes some people criminals and not others. You will also learn about the role of biology in influencing our behaviour, set against psychological explanations for mental health issues including depression, phobias, OCD and schizophrenia. In addition, you will study how culture and gender influence our ways of thinking. Throughout the course you will be learning about how to plan and conduct research in psychology, and how to mathematically analyse your results.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Topics covered can include:

  • Social influence

  • Memory

  • Attachment

  • Psychopathology

  • Approaches in Psychology

  • Biopsychology

  • Research methods

  • Issues and debates in psychology

  • Gender

  • Schizophrenia

  • Forensic psychology

WHAT WILL I NEED?

You will need:

  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE Science (if you study triple Science, the grade 5 or above must be in Biology)
  • Grade 5 or above, and at least one grade 6 or above, in GCSE English Language plus one other written subject such as History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Drama and Film Studies
  • A further GCSE at grade 4 or above

If you wish to study 4 A Levels, you will need 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or above, including two at grade 8.

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is assessed by three exams at the end of the second year.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

School Leavers

If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER?

Psychology is a broad subject, and it can lead to many career pathways including medicine, law, human resources, physiotherapy, counselling, teaching, and many more.

OUR CENTRES
Centre for Business, Arts
and Technology
444 Camden Road
N7 0SP
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Sixth Form College
Angel
283-309 Goswell Road
EC1V 7LA
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Centre for Lifelong Learning
28-42 Blackstock Road
Finsbury Park
N4 2DG
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Centre for Applied Sciences
Angel
311-321 Goswell Road
EC1V 7DD
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