Course overview

Psychology A Level City of Bristol College

Psychology is the scientific study of people’s behaviour and mental processes. It endeavours to understand events, treat mental health issues and improve education, employment and relationships.

This course is an option within our business and law, science and social science A Level pathways.

  • Science Pathway course code: ALSCIENCE
  • Social Science Pathway course code: ALSOCIALSCI
  • Business and Law Pathway course code: ALBUS&LAW

Find out more about our A Level pathways and how to apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

Psychology is a great choice for 16-18 year old students with an interest in human behaviour. 

What you'll learn

This two-year, full-time course contains a number of interesting topics that will challenge your thinking. For example:

  • Why might we conform to a group or obey an authority figure even if we don’t agree with them?
  • Why do we develop a phobia?
  • How does our memory work?

Psychology is a science and so this course will examine the scientific process. There are also elements of Maths involved, such as the study of research methods. You will be encouraged to develop as an active learner and increase your use of skills such as discussion, evaluation and analysis.

Course entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including both Maths and English.

Grade 5 in Maths or a Science. 

You will provide a copy of your last school report and/or a reference from an employer or relevant professional, this will include attendance. This is to ensure that we can support you to be able to achieve well on the course.

Applicants with 85% or below attendance will have been deemed not to have met this criteria.

All applicants are given an opportunity to discuss any evidence-based mitigating circumstances that may have affected the reference/school report.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour so you will spend a good deal of your time outlining and evaluating theories and research evidence. This means you will be able to explain what psychologists have discovered and discuss how they developed their theories. This course is assessed by examinations.

Future career and study opportunities

This A Level course will enhance your employment prospects and prepare you for a degree in Psychology or a related subject.

Psychologists work in many areas of society such as business, health, education and sport. By employing scientific methods and knowledge about human behaviour and the human mind, psychologists develop procedures and therapies to treat many problems and to maximize ideal mental health.

Additional costs

This course is free to anyone aged 16-18. There is no formal list of additional costs. However, if you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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