Psychology A Level

Course Description

Psychology is the scientific exploration of human behaviour and seeks to look beyond the ‘surface’ of our actions to understand the causes. Whether you are interested in the suggestion that all behaviour has a biological basis or whether you believe the environment and our experiences are the root of our behaviour, psychology will allow you to discover and evaluate different viewpoints and you will gain a deeper understanding of the way we perceive and interact with our surroundings.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 including Mathematics and/or Science and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

Course Content

Compulsory Topics: Social influence, Memory Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods, and Issues and debates in Psychology.
Optional Topics: Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Forensic Psychology, and Addiction.
Psychology is an academic subject requiring a high standard of written communication. There are also biological and mathematical elements to the course.


Assessment is by examination. There will be three exams at the end of the 2nd year study which are all of even weighting towards your final grade.

Enrichment and Work Experience

Visits have included trips to HM Manchester, London, and conferences within the North West. These trips are an exciting way to see Psychology in action and how to apply the theoretical knowledge learnt in the classroom. Depending on what areas students are passionate about, they could carry out work experience within schools, the NHS, research settings and youth centres. Students can also volunteer their services on the student council and/or the student mental health awareness group. There is also an opportunity to complete a one week work placement in the summer term.

Additional Information

Students must be equipped with files, dividers, highlighters, calculators, paper and pens to ensure they create full sets of notes for their revision. Some find it helpful to buy a textbook for additional reading and suggestions for suitable books are on the reading list provided at the start of term.

Links with other subjects:
Subjects which have close links to Psychology include: A Level Physical Education, Business, Religious Studies, Sociology, Law, and Health & Social Care.

Future Career Opportunities

Many students thoroughly enjoy studying Psychology and go on to study it further at university. Some decide to study a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology where they are able to choose which areas they wish to study and can specialise in a particular field. Psychology can lead to all kinds of careers such as occupational, clinical, educational or criminal psychologist. The skills acquired in A Level Psychology also lend themselves to many other careers involving people. Psychology is therefore relevant to people working in market research, advertising, personnel and management consultancy, teaching, social work and nursing amongst many others.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

The Psychology department is committed to facilitate your learning in an enthusiastic and supportive manner. We offer additional support and enrichment programmes as well as having many excellent e-learning resources to aid your progression through the two years of study.