A-level Psychology

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

The focus of psychology is the study of mind and behaviour; helping you to answer all those questions about people that you were afraid to ask. You will examine research which has been carried out by psychologists and others into human behaviour, the factors which make us human, and events that transform the human experience. You will investigate mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, stress, depression, OCD and phobias, and explore factors which make normal people commit evil acts. All of which can be applied to us as individuals; as a way to stay psychologically healthy and inform us of why the people in our lives do the things they do.


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Ideal if:

You have a strong interest in people and want a more thorough understanding of other people's behaviour.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in a relevant subject.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study:
- How memory works
- Deprivation of love and its impact
on mental health
- How evil acts are carried out by good
people and peer pressure
- Is behaviour our fault or the result
of faulty genes?
- Psychopathology
- Gender
- Schizophrenia
- Addiction


Small group sizes, outstanding staff and close tutorial support.

You’ll love:

It equips you for life with some of the answers to the questions you may have about yourself or others around you.

You’ll go on to:

Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment.

It also equips you well for all sorts of areas in the workplace such as advertising, personnel work, management apprenticeships, social services, probation service, the police and youth work. Psychology is a common theoretical feature of many courses involving people based professions, so you would always be a step ahead, particularly with counselling courses.


A-level Psychology

Start Date



St Austell


2 years


Sharon Burn Lecturer - A-level Psychology

Sharon is a Cornwall College alumni; she studied A-levels at the College prior to progressing onto Bath Spa University where she read Psychology. She is a qualified hypnotherapist and a top performing examiner. In 2014, Sharon's students performed above the national average for A-C grades with 20% of them achieving A grades.

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.