Exam Board: AQA

  • What causes mental illness such as OCD, phobias and depression?
  • Why are we scared of certain animals?
  • How does the brain work?
  • How does your childhood affect your adult personality?


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.


Is this course for me?

  • You are interested in human behaviour and methods used to investigate it.
  • You have a good science background, particularly Biology as you will need to understand the brain and the nervous system.
  • You are naturally curious and would like to know the reasons for our behaviour such as why we may obey those in authority, what causes phobias and the reasons why some people commit crime.
  • You may wish to consider studying Statistics which will help you understand and analyse data – a valuable skill for Psychology students.


Where does it lead?

Psychology students can go on to specialise in a particular area in Higher Education, such as Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Therapy or Occupational Psychology. The skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research. The study of Psychology is also good preparation for any career involving people. These include careers in education, health, marketing, management, human resources and government services, including the police.


What will I learn?

Year 1

Social influence

You will learn how our behaviour is affected by our friends, family and other groups of people.


You will learn explanations on why we forget and why eyewitness testimony can be unreliable.


You will learn about mental illness including depression, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Research Methods

You will learn about a range of methods used to investigate human behaviour.


Year 2


You will learn about the central nervous system and also how different parts of the brain can affect our behaviour.

Relationships / Gender

You will learn about physical attractiveness and what characteristics people look for. You’ll also look at the influence of culture and media on gender.


You will learn about what the symptoms of this disorder are and what is thought to cause this severe condition.

Forensic Psychology

You will learn about explanations of offender behaviour and also methods of dealing with offending behaviour such as the effectiveness of prisons.


How will I be assessed?

  • All assessment for this course is through written examination.
  • A total of three papers which are two hours long. 


What activities can I get involved in?

There are plenty of opportunities to enrich your knowledge of Psychology outside of the classroom. Psychology students can take part in a two day trip to London which involves attending a psychology conference with some of the most well-known psychologists in the field such as Zimbardo and Loftus. The Department also arranges for academic speakers to visit College. Examples of these sessions include an annual ‘Brain Day’  where students will delve deeper into the world of biopsychology and schizophrenia. Additionally, the departments ‘Bug Day’ allows for an interactive session in which students will be able to draw on their knowledge of phobias whilst getting a chance to overcome any fears first hand.

We also help you explore whether you would be interested in studying Psychology-related subjects further at University by arranging for students to hear high profile speakers on subjects such as Biopsychology or careers in Psychology.


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