A-Level Psychology

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Course Information

  • Course Code: 6181
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Full time

Psychology is constantly relevant, dynamic and endlessly fascinating. It is one of the most popular A Level subjects and the department has an enthusiastic and friendly team of experienced lecturers.

Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes. It aims to understand how people think and what they do, as well as gaining an understanding of their deeper motivations. Psychology is important in terms of understanding any human activity. For example it can be applied to our well-being (e.g. stress, mental illness), or to the way we interact with others (e.g. relationship formation, conformity and obedience) or to how we might solve problems. These are but a few examples…Psychology has countless other applications.

The department at Blackburn College offers fantastic opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge of psychology in the real world. Past activities have included, for example, our attendance at a Criminal Psychology Conference, and we have also co-organised a sixth form trip to Krakow and Prague (close to the birthplace of Sigmund Freud).

What will I study?

What will I study?

First year

Paper 1: Social influence, Memory and Attachment

Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research methods

How will I be assessed?

The AS level is assessed at the end of the first year by two x 1.5 hour exams (multiple choice, short answer and extended writing)

Second year

Paper 1: Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology

Paper 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research methods

Paper 3: Issues and debates in Psychology, Relationships, Stress and Forensic Psychology

How will I be assessed?

The A-level is assessed at the end of the second year by three x 2 hour exams                                 (multiple choice, short answer and extended writing)

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade 5 in English Language (or equivalent).

How will I be assessed?

In the first year you will be assessed by two written exams each lasting for 1 hour 30 minutes (72 marks each). At least 10% of the overall assessment of Psychology will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above.

In the second year you will be assessed by three written exams each lasting for 2 hours (96 marks each). At least 25–30% of the overall assessment will assess skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to research methods.

What can I do next?

Psychology offers good career prospects in a range of areas including clinical, forensic, occupational and educational psychology. The skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research.

Your Study Programme

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve

A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe


A-Level Psychology students recently visited Krakow, Poland. Whilst there, students visited Sukiennice, The Cloth Hall which is located in Krakow Old Town, and Auschwitz concentration camp. 

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