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What A-levels do you need to study psychology?

Are you thinking of studying a psychology degree at university? Make sure your A-level line-up ticks admissions tutors’ boxes…

Psychology and other social sciences like sociology are popular degrees normally open to you with any A-levels. However, certain A-level subject choices will help prepare you for studying psychology at degree level, and may give you an edge over other applicants.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • A few courses ask for one or more from biology, chemistry, maths or physics.

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Biology.
  • Maths.
  • Psychology.
  • Sociology.

Other typical A-levels taken by current psychology students

  • English.
  • General studies.
  • History.
Take a look at individual psychology courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending.

Do note that many degrees will be open to you whichever A-levels you choose. Some courses will be happy with a subject just at AS-level while some courses may want the full A-level something to check before you finalise your A-level choices in Year 12.

Similar subject areas...

  • Sociology.
  • Criminology.
  • Behavioural sciences.
Remember that even similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to psychology, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements on specific courses.


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