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York College

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including English Language (grade 4), Maths (grade 4) and Science. In addition, we expect a grade B (grade 5) in either English Language, History or Religious Studies. 


Two year course.

What will I study?

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour, attempting to explain a wide range of behaviours from human depression to causes of aggression. 

Topics include 

Memory - including recalling the details of crime
Attachment - including the effects of growing up without love and care
Social influence

Good course combinations

If you are taking a’ science’ route with your A Levels it goes well with Biology and Maths. If you are taking a ‘humanities’ route for your A Levels it goes well with Sociology.

Please note that you will be required to understand and apply basic mathematical principles in the exam, such as ratios, fractions, means, basic statistics, drawing graphs and tables. You will also be performing and writing up your own scientific research. The scientific aspects of the course examine the brain and the nervous system, so a willingness to learn and apply biological principles is also required.

What could it lead to?

Psychology is useful for any career that involves working with people (or animals). Previous students have also gone on to study for a range of degrees including law, medicine, business, sports studies and music.

100% Achievement in 2016




Olivia Brooke

Previously of Brayton High School
A Level Psychology

"I picked Psychology because I know others that have done it and have found it interesting. The course is what I expected and I enjoy it and find it interesting. I think at first it takes some getting used to, as there is a lot of essay writing and you have to start learning and revising from the very start because there is a lot of information in a short space of time.However, the tutors are always there to provide support."

Psychology 106

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