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AS and A Level Psychology

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Course Overview

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour; in particular how and why people behave in certain ways. It can provide theories and suggestions, as well as practical ways of explaining, understanding, and solutions for behaviour. If you are interested in human behaviour and why we are all different but also share similarities, then AS and A Level Psychology is for you.

This course would be taken as part of an A Level programme with subjects, such as Sociology and Law.


Year 1 modules include:

Unit 1

  • Cognitive Psychology (memory, eye witness testimony)
  • Developmental Psychology (early social development, attachment, and day care)
  • Research Methods

Unit 2

  • Biological Psychology (stress)
  • Social Psychology (majority and minority influence, obedience and independent behaviour)
  • Individual Differences (abnormality)

Year 1 is assessed via two exams in June.

Year 2 modules include:

  • Unit 3: Topics in Psychology, including Aggression, Gender and Relationships, and Eating Behaviour
  • Unit 4: Psychopathology (Depression), Psychology in Action (Media Psychology), and Research Methods.

Year 2 will be assessed via two exams in June.


You will get the opportunity to take part in small experiments to gain an understanding of psychological research. You will also gain skills in critical analysis, essay writing, and independent study during this course.

Entry Requirements

  • At least a grade C in GCSE Science.

Progression Opportunities

Students who have studied A Level Psychology often go on to Higher Education to study for degrees in Psychology, Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology, Media, Law, or other humanities-related courses.

Psychology is particularly relevant for careers that are people-based, such as human resources, advertising, business, social work, or politics.

Kam Patel

Previous A Level student Kam Patel is proof that anybody can turn their education around. Having spent four years studying at Loughborough College, Kam is due to graduate from university with a first class honours degree in Ethical Hacking and Counter Measures this summer – but achieving success hasn’t been easy.

During his first year at College, Kam struggled to pay attention in lessons and as a result failed all of his courses. However, realising that without good grades he couldn’t progress, Kam reapplied for College and chose to focus on his education.

David Yardley

“I would wholeheartedly recommend people to study the same subjects at Loughborough because it will give them an entirely new and full perspective on the world around them.”

Following the College’s fantastic success on results day, David Yardley was keen to share his experience with us and discuss how studying at Loughborough has helped him to achieve outstanding grades this summer.

Jessica Bains

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“I’ve not had an opportunity like this before, so I can’t wait for it all to get started.”

Jessica Bains is very excited about being a pioneer on the brand new Space Engineering course.
The 16-year-old says she was looking round different options when her head was turned at an open evening at the National Space Centre which highlighted the course.

Faisal Omar

Faisal Omar - A level student
“The College has helped me grow as a person. There are countless opportunities to express yourself and have your voice heard.”

As a member of the College Committee Faisal helps organise fundraising events throughout the year for all sorts of charities. Being part of the student committee also gives him the chance to take part in volunteering.

Kishan Patel

“I’ve got to grips with my studies since I’ve been here whereas before I wasn’t fully motivated.”

“I’m doing the subjects that will be of most use to me and am looking forward to going to university after leaving here.”

Word of mouth was a very positive – and accurate – recommendation for A Level student Kishan Patel when he decided to come to Loughborough College.


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