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A Level pathways are designed to prepare you for higher education and beyond. As part of the A level programme students will be encouraged to complete a week of work experience. The science department has links with Aston University and Coventry University. We support students applying for Masterclasses at universities, placements and programmes to help students to progress to a University. Previous science students have progressed onto programmes such as Nuffield Science placement and the University of Birmingham Routes to Progressions scheme. In addition to quiet study areas and online learning, we offer A level exclusive quiet study rooms in addition to the learning zone quiet area. We have access to e-journals, e-books and books. The college also holds activities for British Science Week ‘Meet the Scientist’ event. We also hold A level revision workshops and conferences as part of developing study skills.


Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Psychologists approach the study of human beings in different ways in an attempt to best understand why we behave as we do. Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and includes many sub-fields of study such areas as child development, sports psychology, health psychology, psychopathology, social behaviour and cognitive neuroscience. Psychologists perform scientific and non-scientific investigations and then apply their theoretical findings to explain everyday behaviour.

Students' perspectives: 'I have achieved 3 grades A in A Level Law, English Language & Literature and Psychology. I'm really pleased with my achievements and glad that my hard work paid off. My results will guarantee me a place at the University of Birmingham where I'm going to study LLB (Hons) Law degree.'

Key Areas

A Level Psychology consists of two units in year one: Introductory Topics in Psychology where we study subjects such as obedience, memory and child development and Psychology in Context where we apply the different approaches used to explain human behaviour to topics such as depression and OCD. We also explore how psychologists conduct their research and statistically analyse their data. In year two, we build on and extend knowledge gained in the first year of the course and also explore additional topics including gender, schizophrenia and aggression.

What Next

Successful completion of the AS Level will enable students to gain additional UCAS points. Taken as part of a package of A Levels, this course can lead on to a degree course in Psychology or other subject.

Entry Criteria

The entry requirement for A level is 6 GCSEs grade C or above with a B in maths, English and Science. A B must be achieved in Biology.

Course options

  • 2018/19 Full Time Day


    Bournville College Birmingham


    Bournville Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2018/19 Full Time Day


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    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    16-18 September - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
    19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
    19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September £724 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
    24+ September £724 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
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