Course Type: Full Time

AS/A Level Psychology

  • Course Code CG60017
  • Start Date 5th September 2019
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

On this course, you will cover a broad range of topics and explore the different theories and thinking of psychology.

Year 1 - AS Level

Social psychology

You'll study obedience, prejudice and discrimination:

  • Agency theory
  • Social Impact theory
  • Social Identity theory
  • Realistic conflict theory

Cognitive psychology

You'll study memory including the case study of patient HM and investigate disorders such as dyslexia and dementia. Some of the memory models you'll cover include:

  • Working memory model
  • Multi-store memory
  • Reconstructive memory

Biological psychology

During this unit, you'll look at the mechanisms within our body and learn how they affect our behaviour, specifically focusing on aggression.

  • Brain structure, neurotransmission and hormone theories of aggression
  • Evolutionary theories of aggression 
  • Freud's psychodynamic theory of aggression

Learning Theories

Learning theories are about learning from the environment and the effects of conditioning, reinforcement, punishment, the role of reward and social learning on the organism.

Year 2 - A Level

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is about explaining and treating mental health issues and the different ways of treating them, including counselling and drug treatments. Individual differences and developmental psychology must be considered when learning about links between personality factors and mental disorders and genetic influences (nature) or environnemental influences (nurture) within different explanations for mental health disorders

The disorders you'll study include:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Anorexia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

There are 3 optional modules, we'll cover the one module the class find the most interesting.

  • Criminological psychology
  • Child psychology
  • Health psychology

Psychological skills

You'll develop an understanding of how to use theories and evidence from many areas of psychology and apply them to issues to present an argument or research a topic.


Your knowledge and skills will be assessed in a variety of different ways:

  • Frequent topic tests
  • Mock assessments
  • Practical assessments
  • Written exams; two exams at the end of year 1 and three exams at the end of year two.

What can I study alongside this A Level?

You can choose two other subjects to study. Many of our students will choose maths, sociology, biology or English depending on the university degree or career they have in mind.

What are the career opportunities?

Psychology is a solid foundation for many degrees. Our students have progressed onto Russell Group universities, some of the best universities in the UK, to study:

  • Bio-Medical science
  • Criminology
  • Nursing
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Primary Teaching
  • Psychology
  • Drama

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Average grade 6 GCSE profile (Higher entry criteria is required for anyone looking to study Maths and/or Sciences at A Level). However, if you do not meet this profile please still come to an Open Event to discuss all options with a member of the A Level Team.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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