Course Type: Full Time


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

A Level Psychology is studied as a part of a full time A Level Study Programme.

Psychology is one of our most popular subjects as it is relevant to so many areas of life, from education and health, to the economy and crime. Psychologists are interested in finding out why people behave the way they do. They apply scientific methodology to explain human behaviour. They formulate theories and test hypotheses through observation and experiments, and analyse their data with statistical techniques that help them identify findings.

This subject will allow you to develop scientific skills, including the application of a reasoned approach, problem solving and the manipulation of data.

Psychology is a unique subject because it draws upon many areas like biology, philosophy and sociology to answer the big questions about life. Psychologists try to find out the reasons and causes for human behaviour and the way people think, for example:

  • How can knowledge of social psychology be used to reduce prejudice in situations such as football hooliganism?

  • How can knowledge of working memory be used to inform the treatment of dyslexia?

  • What are the implications for society if murderers are found to have biological reasons for their behaviours?

  • Is the influence of role models and celebrities that causes anorexia?

If you’ve ever wondered why people act the way they do, how the mind works and how the brain causes all your behaviour then this is the course for you.

It’s a hands on active course which will see you doing your own experiments in college and at home and will always give you something interesting to talk about.

We are a successful subject which has outperformed the national average for achievement over the last 3 years at both AS & A2. The majority of our students have moved on to their first choice university. A good number of our student’s progress onto Russell group Universities and we've even had students successfully gaining scholarships to American universities.

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


    The course covers the following areas in AS year:

  • Social Psychology

    What causes obedience and prejudice? Why do people join cults? How did the Nazis commit their terrible crimes? What causes football violence and race riots? This section of the course hopes to highlight the workings of these subjects

  • Cognitive Psychology

Models of Memory- How our minds remember things and why we forget? We look at different models and explanations of memory in hopes of answering questions like is eye witness testimony accurate? If you see someone commit a crime would you remember it correctly? What causes dementia? How can Psychology provide interventions for dyslexic individuals?

  • Biological Psychology

    How does the human body and brain work? And how exactly does this affect us? Topics include looking at whether the brains of murderers differ from those of non-murderers and what is the cause of their aggression?

  • Learning Psychology

    Looking at what behaviours we learn through our lives and the influence of others? Are we born aggressive or is it something that people teach us? Are phobias learnt? How can we treat phobias? The influence of advertising on people’s behaviour and the effects of media role models on anorexia.

    The course covers the following areas in AS year:

  • Clinical Psychology

What is schizophrenia? What is OCD? What causes these disorders? How can we treat them?

  • Criminology

What causes individuals to commit murder? Is punishment or treatment the most suitable? How appearance can influence the sentence length a criminal is awarded? Is our justice system is trustworthy?

All of these topics will include Psychological theory, studies and links to real-world examples. Students will also design and conduct their own experiments into these topics to gather their own answers.

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

8 GCSE's grade B (6) or above

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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