Ever wondered if prison really does change criminal behaviour? Or why some people conform and others don't?

A level Psychology is a popular and challenging subject. You'll explore the work of some of the most influential psychologists in the world such as Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget and Stanley Milgram including their infamous experiments.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of a wide range of topics such as social influence and human behaviour, memory and attachment theories, psychopathology, research methods, schizophrenia and biopsychology.

This A level is great to study alongside A level Sociology and A level Religious Studies.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will cover the following:

  • Social influence and human behaviour
  • Memory
  • Attachment theories
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods
  • Relationships and infatuations
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aggression
  • Biopsychology
  • Issues and debates in psychology

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by written examinations at the end of year 13.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and a grade 5 in maths (equivalent to grade B).

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

You will be able to continue your studies with us at University Centre St Helens, studying BA (Hons) Criminal Justice or choose from a wide range of degrees at other universities.

Once qualified, you may choose to launch an exciting career in marketing, business development, police, prison and probation services, forensic psychology, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, nursing or even teaching.

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