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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 2225.00****

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

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

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This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Peak Award Winner Emily now studying for master’s in Australia

Former Peak Award winner Emily Gray was motivated to achieve “more than she ever thought she was capable of” while studying for A levels at Derby College.   And, since leaving Joseph Wright Centre 10 years ago, she has quite literally gone a long way – to university in Melbourne, Australia, to take a Master of Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis.  
 
Now 27, Emily received a Peak Award for Academic Studies after performing well in her sociology, history and psychology A levels and EPQ, the Extended Project Qualification.   While on her psychology degree course at the University of Leeds, Emily embarked on a study year at Monash University in Melbourne.  
 
And, since graduating, she has taught English in Peru, volunteered and worked in Sri Lanka and travelled in Australia before settling in Melbourne with her partner.  
 
Currently studying for her master’s at Monash University, Emily also works as a site manager at a centre-based intervention service based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for pre-school aged children on the autism spectrum.  
 
She ultimately wants to become a clinical psychologist or clinical director of an agency providing ABA.  
 
Commenting on her Peak Award in 2009, Emily added that it was “really unexpected and a huge honour.” She included the award in her CV and found it was “something she was able to talk about in interviews.”            

My lecturers were fantastic!  They were really passionate about their subject, particularly psychology lecturer Glyn Pickering, who motivated me and pushed me to achieve more than I thought I was capable of.


I also got great support at Derby College in applying for university and higher education. I was able to go on a residential trip to experience Oxford University, and received specialist and individual help with my application, personal statement and interview preparation.

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