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.

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.

Tegan Arnold

Tegan Arnold

Psychology - King Edward VI Five Ways School
I previously studied at King Edward VI Five Ways School and chose to come to Worcester Sixth Form College due to its wide variety of subject choices. Psychology has always interested me and especially now since many of the topics we study are so prevalent in today’s society. Learning about issues such as depression and eating behaviours has been really interesting and it is also very useful to understand the causes, and how these issues can be treated, as it allows you to understand and help those around you. Psychology links very closely to my other subjects, Biology and Sociology, which helps me gain a wider understanding and look at human behaviour from different viewpoints. After College, I plan to study Psychology at university and hopefully go on to become an Educational Psychologist.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance 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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