Why Study Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. If you are interested in understanding why people behave in particular ways, then this may be the subject for you. This course aims to provide a broad, balanced and challenging introduction to a wide range of psychological theories, research studies and everyday applications.

Studying Psychology provides the opportunity to develop analytical skills, write essays and compile psychological reports. You will also develop your mathematical knowledge and learn about scientific research methods, including collecting and working with data.

It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Psychology to take Psychology A Level.

Why Study Psychology at Worcester Sixth Form College?

We have a flexible teaching approach but promote the need for students to complete homework, respect deadlines and work to the best of their ability. You will take part in a range of learning tasks including flipped learning, research practicals, group activities and class discussions. We use high-quality learning materials including our unique booklets which we produce ourselves. We also have a range of online learning and assessment materials.

In addition to timetabled lessons, weekly workshop sessions are available for students to benefit from individual or small group support as required. Optional trips attended by Psychology students have included Revision Days organised by Malvern College and a Criminology Conference held in Birmingham. Members of the Psychology Department at Aberystwyth University regularly attend the College as guest speakers.

Psychology A Level is assessed by examination only; there is no coursework.

Olivia Lee

Olivia Lee

Psychology - Nunnery Wood High School
I have always been interested in what influences our thinking and behaviour, so I was super excited to get the opportunity to study Psychology A Level. Since the start of the course, we have been immersed in an array of exciting topics, such as psychopathology, cognitive development, and attachments. The lessons have great structure with a range of learning techniques involved, keeping them engaging and ensuring the knowledge is well absorbed. My other subjects - RPE (Religion, Ethics and Philosophy) and Biology - work hand in hand with Psychology, giving me a scientific outlook, as well as moral. The College also provide enrichment qualifications in counselling skills, which I have really enjoyed. Post-college, I hope to go to university to study Psychology, with ambitions to becoming a Counselling Psychologist.

Progression Opportunities

The skills developed in Psychology are relevant and transferable to many courses in higher education and the workplace. Psychology A Level is recognised as a science A Level qualification.

Having studied this subject, students can progress onto a variety of courses.  Psychology is currently a very popular choice in Higher Education where it can be studied alone or combined with other subjects.

Psychology may be relevant to a number of different career options including market research, advertising, social work, teaching, nursing, the police service and human resources. Professional psychologists work in a variety of fields including industry, education and sport, as well as in the NHS and prison service.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Psychology55GCSE Science at grade 4 or aboveGCSE Maths, English, Science at grade 6.Ability to think critically and to evaluate information

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