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A Level Psychology

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Psychology graduates often pursue careers in personnel, health, social work, advertising, counselling, police and prison services.

Overview of the course: 

Awarding Body - Edexcel

A strong structure, with flexible choice, is fundamental to Psychology. The specification gives students the chance to select some study areas and contemporary issues. This allows study to be tailored to students’ needs and the contexts in which they are learning. A practical focus is embedded within the specification. A series of short and manageable practical experiments and tests accompanies the AS approaches, allowing students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology.

Entry requirements: 

For Psychology you will need grade 6 in either GCSE Maths or English and at least a grade 5 in both subjects.

For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of five 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.

For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of six 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at 7-9 grade.
Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


Students study five approaches (Social, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Biological and Learning) at Advanced Subsidiary level to gain a foundation in psychology. At A2, students are then able to develop their understanding by selecting from a choice of applications, including Criminology, Child, Health and Sport psychology. This allows students to choose the most appropriate applications to meet their needs. Finally, students develop a holistic understanding of psychology from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of clinical issues and major debates.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed with an end exam.

Further study options after this course: 

A Level psychology is well-respected as students acquire good levels of literacy and numeracy, skills useful in a range of careers. A psychology degree is required for further study leading to careers in clinical, educational and occupational psychology.

Length of the course: 

2 Years, Full Time.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (24 Jun 2019 15:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

'Psychology is a great course. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying psychology. There are many aspects to psychology which can really change the way you view situations such as understanding why people behave as they do. Anyone who studies psychology will develop great evaluation skills as it is a vital component to getting good marks' - Zohaib

'I like looking at different topics from lots of different viewpoints so psychology is the perfect topic for this. Although it can be complex at times, the help is always there from my psychology teacher' - Faye

'The subject is made to be highly interesting and made enjoyable throughout. You learn about a diverse range of topics' - James

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