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Psychology — A Level

Course information

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is an interesting and challenging course that will help you learn about the brain, body and how they influence or are influenced by our behaviours. Psychology will also give you the opportunity to study research and to design your own experiments, amongst other things.
During the two year course, you will study: social influence – the way in which people influence each other’s behaviours, opinions and attitudes; memory – the way information is stored and lost, including eye witness testimonies; attachment – childhood relationships and their consequences; approaches – an insight into the major psychology theories; bio-psychology – the role of biology and the brain; psychopathology – causes and treatments of mental health; research methods – research studies and the analysis of data; issues and debates in psychology; gender development and disorders; schizophrenia; forensic psychology – profiling and offender behaviours.
The course is examined over 3 exams (two hours each) at the end of the two years. Exams include multiple choice questions, short questions and extended essay questions.

Join the BPS (British Psychological Society) for access to research and articles; subscribe to the BPS Readers Digest for fortnightly updates about interesting new research; grab an AQA Psychology text book and enjoy flicking through the topics outlined above!


A level Psychology with the AQA Specification

This course leads to...

Higher Education - eventually obtaining entry in to areas such as educational psychology, clinical psychology and occupational psychology. This A-level course is designed to help you get to the next stage of your education or employment, and since it is a qualification in people, it is beneficial for most careers. For example, you could become a psychologist (Health; Forensic; Work; Educational; Clinical, Child) or a counsellor. Psychology is also a good qualification for working in Human resources or management roles. Alternatively, Psychology is great if you want a future in research.

Entry Requirements

A Level Entry Requirements for 16-18s:
The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well
You need to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, with at least 2 at Grade 5. These must include Maths and English.
To study this particular A level you need to achieve Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English Language

Why study with us?

At the City of Liverpool College, Psychology students experience a range of enrichment opportunities such as meeting with ex prisoners when studying forensic psychology, guest talks from different psychologists in Liverpool amongst other events. As a city centre campus we have established close links with the three main universities in Liverpool and currently have 100% pass rate in A Level Psychology. The course is also ran by experienced examiners who are able to coach students towards exam success.
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Further Information...

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You can contact us online via or call us at any point on 0151 252 3000 with any queries you may have – we’re here to help.


Course ID: 163455

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course, fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

Fee for21/22 is 500.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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