A Level

In A Level Psychology you will engage in the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour, and you will gain an incredible insight into the reasoning behind an individual’s actions. You’ll explore a range of psychological disciplines and theories, and use these to examine and analyse a range of contemporary subjects. You’ll study the idea of ‘nature vs. nurture’, examining if behaviour is determined by the environment or unmoveable biological factors and why, for example, some members of society enter a life of crime, or are more likely to suffer from poor mental health.

This fascinating subject will see you studying a diverse range of topics which give you a thorough grounding in key aspects of psychology. You’ll also develop a key range of research and data analysis skills that will develop a sound scientific approach to your studies.

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics plus a Grade 4 in GCSE Biology or within GCSE Combined Science.

For more information about the pathways, please click here.

Your learning experience

Topics include:

  • Social psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Memory
  • Attachment theory
  • Schizophrenia

An enriching experience

Studying A Level Psychology at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our A Level Psychology students enjoy, include:

  • Participating in inspirational and valuable guest workshops and university lectures
  • Participating in residential trips and visits – past students have enjoyed a trip to Psychology Live! at Disneyland, Paris
  • The option to become one of our ambassadors, representing HNC at events such as our Open Events, building key employability skills including communication and leadership
  • Taking part in a live brain dissection demonstration

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our subject specialists will instil in you a love of learning, and challenge you to develop the required skills you’ll need to achieve the life-changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

You’ll undertake high level psychological analysis and you will have the opportunity to design and conduct your own experiments, allowing you to gain valuable practical experience as a Research Psychologist. Many of our A Level Psychology students also take part in our XL Programme, which provides you with unique and exceptional opportunities to support progression to world leading universities.

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed by examination.

Where does it lead?

A Level Psychology will provide you with a useful knowledge base for pursuing degree level study in this area. However, the diverse range of skills you’ll develop on the course such as research and critical thinking are directly transferable to a range of higher education subject areas such as teaching and business studies. Popular career destinations for Psychology students include subject related professions such as Psychology, Mental Health and Education. A qualification in Psychology can also lead you into a range of subject related fields such as Policing, HR and Law.

A Level Psychology students have recently progressed to university to study subjects such as:

  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Nursing (Mental Health)
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Politics
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Good to Know
There is a strong scientific element to the course, where you will get the chance to explore various thought-provoking and socially sensitive questions.
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