A-Level Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behaviour, and aims to explain how we develop and predict patterns of behaviour by using scientific observation and experimentation. 

During this A-Level course you will learn about how our behaviour is influenced by other people and external stimuli such as stress, how psychology is employed by the media and psycho pathology. You’ll also study and explore different research methods and how to apply these to psychological experiments. 
Although Psychology is technically considered a science related subject, is is an excellent accompanying subject to almost any combination of A-Levels. Studied in conjunction with other science subjects (Biology or Chemistry) it can lead to careers in Clinical Psychology or research. It can also provide a good balance to other subjects, for example, taken alongside Media Studies or Health & Social Care/Sociology an understanding of psychology will be beneficial for careers in marketing/advertising/retail or Health/Social Care industries. 

Key Units

The first year offers a broad range of topics including a study of stress, abnormality and how others influence our behaviour. There is also a research component which examines the methods Psychologists use to study human behaviour.

In year two, there are a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches which engages students with issues and debates within contemporary psychology. The topics include: 

  • An examination of relationships
  • Aggression
  • Gender
  • Psychology of the mass media
  • Psycho pathology
  • Eating behaviour/disorders and schizophrenia
  • Research unit

*Please note that unit information is subject to change depending on examinations board. Please contact admissions@minhajcollege.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at A* – C PLUS a minimum of grade 4 in English Language, Science and Maths. 

MCM will consider alternative qualifications to GCSE’s and for mature students will consider work history as part of the entry requirement process. If you do not meet the above entry requirements please get in touch and we maybe able to help – admissions@minhajcollege.ac.uk

Where does this Lead

Most A Level students go on to university, where Psychology has become a very popular subject with strong links to the other social sciences. As it is also considered a science many students opt for Psychology as a third or fourth science in preparation for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Forensic Science and Sport Science.

Some students also progress on to study Law or Criminology.

Future Opportunities

Psychology is beneficial in careers that involve working with people, such as Marketing or Advertising, where an insight into understanding why people behave the way they do is useful. Psychology is also an essential part of some teacher training.

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Will this subject suit me?
This A Level is designed to develop skills of analysis and evaluation through an examination of arguments and evidence put forward by psychologists. You are expected to be interested in human behaviour and the world you live in. The ideal student would enjoy discussion, reading about new ideas and challenging assumptions.

Good numeracy skills are required due to the science/mathematical nature of the subject.

Personal Study Time
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well.

Course Teachers

  • Head of Department & Psychology Lecturer

    Mark Haddock

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