You will learn about four major approaches to psychology in year 1, exploring key items of research, learning about important studies related to that topic, and finding out how research is conducted in that area of psychology. You will learn to use statistical tests to help interpret data collected in class exercises.
Year 2 gives you an opportunity to study some uses of psychology in the real world. You will discover how the approaches you have learnt come together to explain human behaviour.
This course highlights the importance of applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge. This will help you to develop transferable skills, such as analysis, evaluation and critical thinking, particularly in terms of considering the findings of psychological research.
Studying A level psychology will give you a range of transferable skills, from evaluation and critical thinking skills, to learning how to conduct research and understanding statistical analysis.
There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment. Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed. The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.
The course will be delivered in dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms at Leeds Sixth Form, Park Lane Campus. Within our dedicated 'Sixth Form' area, students also have access to a permanently staffed 'Independent Learning Zone', where comfortable seating and a suite of 60 chrome-books are provided to facilitate independent study.
The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.
For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.
Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A levels.
Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.
In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.
Additional Entry Criteria - Grades CC or above in GCSE Core and Additional Science or A*-C in 2 single science subjects. GCSE grade A*-B/9-5 in GCSE Maths.
A level Psychology is considered to be appropriate for many different degree courses including psychology, pharmacy, business, personnel, teaching and accountancy. Possible career routes include specialist areas of psychology, such as forensic, occupational and health.