This two year linear 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.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind


Health and social care professional, occupational psychologist, counsellor, clinical psychologist, sport psychologist, police work, forensic psychologist, animal welfare/researcher etc.


Psychology, social sciences, nursing, radiology and pharmacology.

Topics you'll cover


  • Planning, conducting, analysing data and reporting psychological research
  • Experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques
  • Classic and contemporary research in social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences
  • Psychological debates.



  • Further classic and contemporary research
  • Applied psychology: issues in mental health, child psychology and environmental psychology.

Assessment and Qualification

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

Course entry requirements

  • English, maths and science GCSEs at grade 5 plus two additional GCSEs at grade 4 and above
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

Please note that while Psychology is often referred to as a ‘social science’, many modern approaches follow the same scientific method as the ‘natural sciences’ – therefore, students on this course should have an interest in scientific research.

What students say about the course

"We explore 20 different studies ranging from obedience to regions of the brain. I enjoy learning about famous pieces of research in psychology such as Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalysis of phobias in a five year old boy. This course is also really interactive. We get to apply research methods and conduct our own experiments and observations around the college, to support our learning and practice data analysis and collection. One of the more memorable trips was to Marwell Zoo where we also got to conduct our own observations and data analysis on animal behaviours."

Adam Cooper, previously at Regents Park Community College 

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.