A level Psychology

This A level forms part of the Allied Health Professional Programme, incorporating A level Sociology and level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Delivered at the A Level Academy, you will 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 will also 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.

What are the benefits of studying the Allied Health Professional Programme?

This programme provides many opportunities such as:

  • Placements with high-profile employers such as NHS.
  • Guest speakers from the industry including prestigious universities.
  • Masterclasses with industry experts.
  • Enrichment opportunities and initiatives with Dementia Care, Marie Curie and Children in Need, adding value to your CV and university application.
  • Clinical ward to provide a realistic work environment.
  • Annual Healthcare Sciences Skills Show.
  • Behind Bars Conference.

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

In addition to this, you will also cover a broad range of A level Sociology and level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care topics from key sociological concepts such as socialisation, culture, identity and power to equality, diversity and rights in health and social care, public health, health education and development through the life stages.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by written examinations and a range of practical and written work, including both internal and external assessments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a grade 4 in English and a grade 5 in maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), 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 click here.

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

Once you have successfully completed the Allied Health Professional Programme, you will have the opportunity to progress onto university, a higher apprenticeship and a career in the Allied Health industry. This could also provide access to a range of degree courses including nursing and midwifery.

This Programme could lead to a wide range of careers such as a Health Care Practitioner, Dietitian, Social Worker, Paramedic or Occupational Therapist.

Ref: Joanne Greenhalgh

Why study a Professional Skills Programme with us?

Exclusive Programmes

Choose from three programmes, tailoring your studies to achieve your future ambitions.

Develop Extensive Skills

Study two A levels and one BTEC, combining academic knowledge, professional skills and experience.

Dedicated Support

Supportive learning experience with smaller class sizes, to stretch and maximise your potential.

Enhanced Learning

Work placements, industry guest speakers, inspirational trips and enrichment initiatives.

Progression Opportunities

Great progression onto a higher apprenticeship or university and ultimately, your dream career.


Develop valuable employability skills such as leadership, communication and teamworking.