Entry Requirements

  • 5+ GCSEs at 9-4
  • Grade 5 in English (language or literature)
  • Grade 5 in mathematics
  • Grade 6-6 in combined science or 6 in biology


Suzanne Collins
Coordinator of Social Sciences


Course Outline

At the core of the Psychology course is an introduction to three different approaches to understanding behaviour: the biological, cognitive and sociocultural approaches. Students study and critically evaluate the knowledge, concepts, theories and research that have developed the understanding in these fields

The interaction of these approaches to studying Psychology forms the basis of a holistic and integrated approach to understanding mental processes and behaviour as a complex, dynamic phenomenon, allowing students to appreciate the diversity as well as the commonality between their own behaviour and that of others.

The contribution and the interaction of the three approaches is understood through the four options in the course that focus on areas of applied psychology: abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, and the psychology of relationships.

Course Assessment

  • 3 Examination papers, with a mixture of short and long answer questions.
  • A written report on the findings of an experiment conducted by students