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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

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

Unit 1 – Introductory topics in psychology

Students will explore a range of introductory topics in psychology. These include social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology.  Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to Paper 1 content. They will also apply psychological knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts.

 

Unit 2 – Psychology in context

Students will be learning about approaches in psychology (biological, cognitive, psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioural and origins of psychology), biopsychology and research methods. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to Paper 2 and apply their psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper.

 

Unit 3 – Issues and options in psychology

Students will be learning about issues and debates in psychology, gender (sex-role stereotypes, androgyny and gender identity disorder), stress (managing and recognising when the body is stressed) and forensic psychology (offender profiling and dealing with profiling behaviour). Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified Paper 3 content.

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 – Introductory topics in psychology - two-hour exam (96 marks) worth 33.3%

Unit 2 – Psychology in context - two-hour exam (96 marks) worth 33.3%

Unit 3 – Issues and options in psychology - two-hour exam (96 marks) worth 33.3%

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

It is advisable to buy a copy of AQA Psychology for AS Level Year 1 and AS  - Student Book by Cara Flanagan, Dave Berry and Rob Liddle (Illuminate Publishing £15- £20)

What can I do after this course?

Careers 

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.

www.FirstResponseFinance.co.uk


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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