Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour, and this course takes a scientific approach to learning key research in psychology. It will teach you how to conduct psychological research, analyse data and formulate conclusions as well as applying psychological theories to real life. You will also have the opportunity to attend the Behind Bars conference, Marwell Zoo, University taster days and Psychology Live at Disneyland.

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Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Health and social care professions, educational and occupational psychology, teaching and research, counselling and clinical psychology, and health or sport psychology.

Psychology, Criminology, Law, Social science, Sociology, Nursing, Radiology, Pharmacology, Education, Social work.

Topics you'll cover


  • Research methods
  • Social psychology – Obedience and whistleblowing
  • Biological psychology – How the brain functions
  • Developmental psychology – How children learn
  • Cognitive psychology – Memory for events and context
  • Individual differences – Disorders.


  • Issues in mental health – The historical context of mental health and diagnosis
  • Child psychology
  • Environmental psychology.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Three written exams
  • Exam board: OCR
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at a grade 5 or above, including Maths, Science and English Language.

Additional information

During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdown.