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How many hours per week?

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.

Entry Requirements

Min 6 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)
5 = GCSE Average

5 in English Langauge
5 in Maths

5,5 in Biology and Chemistry/Physics (or 55 double award Science)


Commitment and enthusiasm for using data and research evidence to support the arguments for where specific human behaviours originate from. A good work ethic to extra reading and essay writing is essential.


Pairs well with other essay based subjects as well as sciences. You prefer to do a course based on final exams only.

Exam Board

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Course Overview

Psychology will suit students who are interested in the complex processes of the human mind and behaviour. The course investigates causal factors behind such behaviours as obedience, conformity and attachments to name a few and explores the scientific methods used to collect, measure and analyse data about these behaviours. Students will be encouraged to use their initiative in order to describe, apply and critically evaluate these concepts, as well as developing skills in analysis to write coherent and extended essays.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers who specialise in Psychology and have experience in exam board marking
  • Guest lecturers and experts in the field from varied pathways of Psychology
  • Trips to put psychology into practice; in the past students have visited London and New York
  • Opportunities to engage in psychology yourself – conduct and analyse research

What will I learn?

In the first year you will study:

  • Social Psychology
  • Memory
  • Psychopathology
  • Attachment
  • Approaches
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods

In the second year you will study:

  • Issues and debates
  • Aggression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Relationships

What will I be taught?

This course is taught through a variety of methods including lectures, flipped learning and independent report/research writing; students make use of materials on the college Moodle site to research topics before they are delivered in class and to complete homework from. Psychology requires prior academic reading before lessons to fully comprehend theory and research. In addition, your teacher and

personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice to support your learning.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Multiple choice tests
  • Essay based assessments
  • Interactive online quizzes
  • group work
  • student led sessions

Where will this course take me?

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses – psychology can be found everywhere!

Former students of this college have gone on to study a variety of course at university; Psychology (whether that be pure psychology, applied or specified courses such as forensic, sport etc,) Mental Health Nursing, Business, Law, Drama – the list is endless!

How will I be assessed?

100% exam

3 exams:

  • Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology 33.33%
  • Paper 2: Psychology in context 33.33%
  • Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology 33.33%

Staff Contact Details

Sinead Mulholland