Peter Symonds College

Study at PSC

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It will fit well with a wide range of other subjects, and covers aspects of maths, biology and criminology.

Course Content

Paper 1: Introduction to Psychology

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in context

  • Approaches
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods

Paper 3: Options

  • Issues and debates
  • Relationships
  • Schizophrenia
  • Agression

Assessment will be via 3 x 2 hour written exams

Methods of Teaching

The course is taught using a wide range of styles, including group work, discussions, short talks and presentations. Students will also have the opportunity to replicate psychological experiments. The specification is delivered with the use of student booklets, ICT, documentaries, guest speakers and textbooks. In addition to timetabled lessons, workshops are provided every day, when teaching staff are available to give one to one assistance.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

The A level is assessed in June of the second year via three written two-hour exams. These are mainly short-answer questions (up to 16 marks).  

Where Could It Take Me?

Degrees in Psychology can lead to careers in Clinical, Educational and Occupational psychology.  Psychology graduates are also valued in advertising, market research, industry, personnel management, counselling, nursing, social administration, professional sport, criminology and even teaching!

Financial Implications

We have free access to electronic copies of the A Level Year 1 and Year 2 textbook available for students. We organise various guest speakers throughout the year, at minimal cost to the students. The College has a Student Support Fund for those who have difficulty meeting course costs.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and one of the following combinations:

  • If you are studying separate sciences you are required to achieve GCSE grades 6, 5 and 5 (any order) in one other science and Mathematics
  • If you are studying Combined Science you are required to achieve GCSE grades 6, 5 and 5 (any order) in Combined Science and Mathematics

Most Recent Results

Below is a summary of the most recent set of results for this subject:

Grade: A* A B C D E U Total
Total: 20 61 131 103 51 23 4 393
Percentage 5.1 15.5 33.3 26.2 13.0 5.9 1.0