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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 1987.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you are fascinated by the complexities of human behaviour, then the study of psychology is ideal for you. This well-established course encourages students to engage with psychology in their everyday lives and to adopt a scientific approach to studying human behaviour.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/equivalent or above including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Pass grade or above in your first year.

Course Content

Component 1 – Research methods

Students will learn about the techniques psychologists use for collecting and analysing data.  In addition they will carry out their own small-scale practical activities and will reflect on their experiences.

Component 2 – Psychological themes through core studies

Students will explore the range of ways in which behaviour can be measured from a social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual perspective.  Students will examine classic and contemporary research and learn how to evaluate such research.

Component 3 – Applied Psychology

Students will develop an awareness of the role of psychology in society and its applications to issues in mental health, child psychology and criminal psychology.  In addition, students will develop their understanding of how to apply methodological issues and debates across these topics.

We also have visits and in-house talks by specification-based psychologists.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is 100% by written essay-based examination.

Unit 1 – Research Methods - two-hour exam worth 30%

Unit 2 – Core Studies - two-hour exam worth 35%

Unit 3 – Applied Psychology - two-hour exam worth 35%

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

It is advisable to buy a copy of OCR Psychology for A level Year 1 and OCR Psychology for A level Year 2 by Ellerby-Jones, Latham and Wooldridge.

What can I do after this course?


This A-level is valuable for careers in areas such as:

  • Social services
  • The probation service
  • The armed forces
  • Hospital administration
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Personnel
  • Banking
  • Retail management
  • Teaching
  • Lecturing

Further study 

You can progress to university study in fields such as:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Law

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Ryan Horsnall

Ryan Horsnall

First Response Finance sponsor BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership

Ryan was involved with First Response Finance as part of their work with Derby College's Employer and Skills Academy and applied for an apprenticeship.
The company is sponsoring Ryan to complete a BA Hons degree in Management and Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. He previously studies Maths, Business and Chemistry A levels at the Joseph Wright Centre. 
Ryan said "I have the best of both worlds – working in a paid job and then gaining a degree and it has made my studies so much easier as I can relate the university work to the work environment."
“I am currently working in a sales support role which I love and at the end of my degree I will see where I want my career to take me with the company.I get the opportunity to blend academic learning and work experience where I can convert my learning at University into real business situations.
First Response Finance have been involved in the Employer Skills Academies and has now teamed up with Derby College to launch the First Response Business and Finance Academy - offering students at Derby College the chance to follow in Ryan's footsteps.


At Derby College I was taught a lot of skills such as target setting that has helped me be organised and realistic with work and learning.

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