Course Type: Full Time

AS/A Level Psychology

  • Course Code CG60017
  • Start Date 6th September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Course title: AS/A Level Psychology

Exam board detail: Edexcel

Type of qualification: A Level (to be studied in conjunction with two other A Level subjects)

Delivery hours per week: 6 hours (1.5-hour lessons)


Section 1: Subject Overview


We will cover the below in AS (Year 1)

Unit 1: Social Psychology

We cover obedience, prejudice and discrimination


Agency theory

Social Impact theory

Social Identity theory

Realistic conflict theory


Unit 2: Cognitive Psychology

We cover memory including the case study of patient HM and investigate disorders such as, dyslexia and dementia.

Some of the memory models we cover:

Working memory model

Multi-store memory

Reconstructive memory


Unit 3: Biological Psychology

During this unit we 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


Unit 4: 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.


There are two exams at the end of AS – May/June.


We will cover the below in A2 (Year 2)

Unit 1: Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is about explaining and treating mental health issues, and of 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 we cover are:




Obsessive compulsive disorder


Unit 2: Optional

There are 3 optional modules - we only will cover one of the three below.

The module we cover will depend on the cohort’s interest.

Criminological psychology

Child psychology

Health psychology


Unit 3: Psychological Skills

This is a synoptic section in which students will be asked to draw on other areas of the qualification in order to understand conceptual and methodological issues. Students will develop an understanding of how to use theories and evidence from many areas of psychology and apply them to the issues.

This is the section where research methods will be tested

and Issues/ debates. 


There are 3 exams at the end of A2 – May/June.


Section 2: Assessment Overview

Assessment methods include:

Frequent Topic Tests

Mock Assessments

Practical Assessments

External assessments (exams) will take place in the summer term – May/June.


Section 3: What do other students study alongside Psychology at A Level?

Many of our students will opt to study Maths, Sociology, Biology or English depending on their long-term destination.


Section 4: What are the possible career opportunities after successful completion of this course?

Psychology is a solid foundation for many degrees. Our students have progressed onto Russell Group universities to study:

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


Section 5: How can I find out more if I have a question?


Psychology Teacher – Rebecca.evans@gateshead.ac.uk

Curriculum Operations Manager - sarah.latheron@gateshead.ac.uk




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.

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

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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