Do you want to push the boundaries of human-centred design and user experience? Learn how technology and human behaviour interact by taking Psychology through our Innovator pathway.


Why Psychology?

Psychology is the science behind human behaviour. Study the inner workings of the mind with Psychology A Level and research complex and fascinating theories about human behaviour. Why do we need leaders? How can childhood experiences affect the decisions we make today? How does schema dictate the way we behave in certain situations?

In an increasingly digitised world, technology must be user-friendly. We must be the pioneers of future-thinking user experience which is why psychology is so fundamental. Learn core principles behind decision-making and leadership to land on your feet in your first job in industry.


What you'll learn

  • Memory; types of memory, working memory, forgetting, eye witness testimony
  • Attachments; social development, types of bond in childhood, impact on adult relationships
  • Social Influence; conformity and obedience, minority influence, social change.
  • Approaches in Psychology; Psychodynamic,, Behaviourism, Cognitive, Humanistic, Biological
  • Psychopathology; Treatments and causes of phobias, OCD and depression
  • Biopsychology; biorhythms, endocrinology, neurology.
  • Cognitive Neuroscience; modern techniques in studying the brain
  • Relationships; evolved mate preferences, cultural differences
  • Schizophrenia; biological and social causes.
  • Aggression; gender differences, environmental causes
  • Issues & Debates; ethics, nature v nurture, philosophical issues in psychology.
  • Research Methods; the scientific approach, data handling, interpretation of statistics

Entry Requirements

To begin this course students must have achieved at least 5 GCSE qualifications at grades 4-9 from the following list: Maths, Computer Science, IT, English Language, English Literature, Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Double/Triple Science), History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages.

Other qualifications will be considered and Ada does make a limited number of contextual offers. Ask a member of the recruitment team if you are unsure.

It is about more than just GCSE results though. At Ada we believe in talent spotting the best potential students for pioneering digital futures. When you apply to Ada you will be invited to an assessment centre event, where you will meet other potential students, staff and industry professionals. The assessment centre will look at your ability to problem solve, think logically and analytically and work with others. You will also have an interview, which will focus on career ambitions and your understanding of the Ada Values (Rigour, Resilience, Curiosity, Collaboration and Creativity).


Progression and career opportunities

  • Software Developer (it’s not all about code!)
  • User Experience (UX) Researcher
  • User Experience Designer
  • Data analyst
  • Project manager