- Course Code: 6181
- Duration: 2 years
- Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
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?
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)
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