School Leaver

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Part-Time - Day Hartlepool Sixth Form A-Levels Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and experience. Everything you think, feel and do would be of interest to a psychologist! But how can we study something as complex and mysterious as the human mind? We cannot see someone’s thoughts, emotions, memories, perceptions or dreams. So how do psychologists study the mind? This is what you will find out on this course.

Initially you will learn about classic and contemporary research studies in psychology. You will discover; the causes of phobias, why some people have no self-control and how this links to their brain functioning, how we learn to be aggressive by watching others, how we identify autism in adults, what happens if your brain is split down the middle and why do we obey unjust requests from authority figures.

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9, including Maths & English Language

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

You will also learn the vital skills of planning and carrying out research and the statistical analysis of data collected.

You will complete three modules in this subject:

Research Methods – How to conduct Psychological research.
Psychological themes through Core studies – How behaviour is explained.
Applied Psychology including ‘Issues in Mental Health’. Child psychology and Criminal psychology

What’s next?

Past students have progressed onto a variety of degree courses including psychology, criminology, crime scene science, counselling, teaching, law, sports science, nursing and philosophy.

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Why sixth form is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

We have recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art digital suite and health simulation ward.