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Psychology — A Level

Social Sciences and Humanities

Course ID: 172549

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Applying for A Levels: When you complete your application form, you can apply for just one subject, and add the other subjects into the 'Career Path' section. For example, complete the application for Psychology A Level, and type 'Sociology A Level and English A Level' in the 'Career Path' box. You do not need to complete multiple applications for each subject. If we need more information, we will contact you.

What to expect from the course

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

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.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

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.

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

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


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 for24/25 is 500.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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