Who is the course for?
Psychology is a course for anyone interested in understanding human behaviour. It is a multi-disciplinary subject involving scientific analysis, experimentation, case studies and other research techniques.
What will I study on the course?
AS level Psychology takes a broad approach to the subject and covers topics ranging from Abnormality and Developmental Psychology, right the way up to Neuro-psychology, Animal Behaviour, Psychoanalysis and beyond. You'll learn about great thinkers like Freud, Skinner and Bowlby and develop an understanding of what makes people tick.
The Psychology team takes great pride in knowing that they prepare students for examinations. Throughout the course you will also be taught the key strategies for success at A level, including extensive preparation for examinations, unique revision methods and guidance from experienced staff.
What other skills will I acquire?
- Skills in intelligent discussion and debate
- The ability to present discursive and evaluative arguments in a clear and concise way
- An understanding of the many ways in which information and ‘facts’ can be interpreted
- The ability to conduct research and evaluate the research of others
What will I need for the course?
At least five GCSEs at grades A* - C, including at least two B grades. One B must be in an essay style subject.
What makes this course special?
Pass rates over the past few years have been consistently high and Psychology forms a thriving part of the College's A Level provision.
The Psychology staff at Bridgwater College have extensive experience of working with this particular exam board, as well as teaching psychological topics from GCSE up to undergraduate level.
Close Links with the Exam Board
Bridgwater College has always benefited from close links with the AQA; with both staff and students attending a range of conferences and briefing sessions.
Innovative Teaching and Resources
Psychology at Bridgwater College is taught in an interesting and varied style, backed up by a wide range of resources developed specifically for this course.
What do our students say?
“Good teaching, lessons are never boring.”
“The course booklets are helpful — they make revising easier.”
How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed through examinations. Preparation for examinations takes the form of regular assignments which are assessed in accordance with AQA mark schemes.
How long is the course?
The AS level is one year, with a further year to gain the full A level qualification.
What can I do on completion of this course?
Each year the majority of A level students will progress onto university. Some will choose to pursue an interest in Psychology, but most will use Psychology A level to prove to admission tutors that they have a wide range of skills. A level Psychology is especially useful as it straddles the boundary between Science and the Humanities, thus indicating the possession of skills in both areas.
Whilst it is true that work in many psychological fields will require further study at degree level and beyond, it is also equally true that employers in a wide range of industries value A level Psychology in its own right.
What can I do in addition to this course?
Psychology combines well with a whole range of other A level subjects. For example, it complements other Social Science subjects such as Sociology and Sciences like Biology.