A Level Psychology
Are you intrigued by what causes our behaviour and what makes us who we are? A Level Psychology is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to look at some of the explanations psychologists use to understand human behaviour and experiences. Students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto a range of degree courses at university including Psychology, Criminology and related subjects.
- Course Information
As a Psychology student at Runshaw you will benefit from highly qualified Grade 1 rated staff who are committed to helping you succeed using a range of creative and diverse teaching methods. As many of our teachers are specialist A Level examiners, our results are always excellent, achieving 68% A*-B grades in 2018.
A vast range of enrichment opportunities also awaits you, including residential trips to Berlin and Krakow, London and Edinburgh, as well as a variety of guest lecturers from local universities and the professional world.
In addition, our Psychology Academy offers a number of short courses for you to undertake a variety of projects, all of which are designed to encourage exploration of topics other than those studied on the course, and further develop knowledge and skills to support your university application and chosen career progression.
When they leave us at the end of their course, many of our students continue to study Psychology or related subjects, such as Criminology. Their intention is to become either a Psychologist in any of the specialist areas, such as occupational, child, clinical, criminal, sport or educational psychology, or to work in related fields such as social services, probation service, the police, the legal system, medicine and teaching.
The course will introduce you to the theories and methods in psychology and offer you the opportunity to look at some of the explanations psychologists use to understand human behaviour and experiences.
In Year 1 you will study the ways in which psychologists approach the investigation of human behaviour such as social approach, cognitive approach, biological approach and learning theories. This will be assessed by a formal internal assessment at the end of the year.
In Year 2 you will focus on the application of psychology to different areas of everyday life such as clinical and criminological psychology. This will be assessed by three external examinations which cover the material from both year one and year two at the end of the year.
- Entry Requirements
Grade 5 in a written subject* | AND ONE OF: Grade 5 Maths, Grade 5 Statistics, Grade 5 Additional Science, Grade 5 Biology / Chemistry / Physics
- How will I be assessed?
100% written examination.
- Progression Pathway
Studying Psychology helps students develop skills that are transferable to a number of jobs and professions, including law, business, medicine, journalism, marketing, advertising, personnel work, management and many more.
Many of our students continue to study Psychology or related subjects, such as Criminology. Their intention is to become either a Psychologist in any of the specialist areas, such as occupational, child, clinical, criminal or educational psychology, or to work in related fields such as social services, probation or youth work, the police and teaching.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.