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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: 1

Interview: N

Course Summary

The Applied Psychology BTEC contains an exciting range of units exploring theories and research into mind and behaviour. If you have an interest in science, health and people, this is the course for you.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of key approaches and theories in psychology and apply them to issues relevant to contemporary society, for example lifestyle choices and unhealthy behaviours such as addiction.

You will learn about the types and characteristics of mental disorders, approaches to treatment and the role of professionals in supporting and promoting mental health. In addition you will study scientific process in psychological research methodology through conducting your own research project.

 

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol for a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study. To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Merit grade or above in your first year.

Course Content

Course topics

Three mandatory units:

  • Psychological approaches and applications
  • Conducting psychological research
  • Health psychology

One optional unit:

  • Introduction to psychopathology
  • Criminal and forensic psychology
  • Promoting children’s psychological development
  • Applied sport psychology

 

How will I be assessed?

  • External assessment: 58%
  • Internal assessment: 42%

The awarding body is Pearson Edexcel.

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students will be expected to be well organised with writing materials, standard mathematical equipment, calculator and folder.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission. When it is combined with other relevant qualifications, you can progress to degree courses such as:

  • BSc in Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • BSc in Occupational Health
  • BSc in Education and Child Psychology
  • BSc in Sport Psychology

(Entry requirements for degree programmes at specific higher education providers should be checked.)

Careers

After progression from a related degree, students can continue to work towards a future as a psychologist and in a range of careers such as roles in the police, health, teaching and marketing.  

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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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Hannah McDonald

Hannah McDonald

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role Learning how to share her opinion, build her vocabulary and speak more effectively has given former Derby College A Levels student Hannah McDonald a good grounding for a career with the police.
 
Hannah, who is 18 and from Newton, is soon to become a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) following a rigorous recruitment procedure.
 
She has also secured a place on the Professional Policing BA (Hons) degree course at Nottingham Trent University, deferred until September 2021.
 
In her PCSO role, Hannah will be based in Ripley and Chesterfield, supporting Derbyshire Police by going into schools to talk about issues such as knife crime and road safety. 
 
Hannah, who took law, psychology and combined English Literature and English Language A levels at Joseph Wright Centre, found her English lecturers especially helpful.
 
She said: “I’d thought English was all about reading books but it’s about so much more. It’s about being put under pressure and trusting your opinions enough to share them or put them in an essay, because English is so subjective and there’s never a wrong answer. In our English classes we gave PowerPoint presentations to the class, so we got used to sharing our ideas and opinions.
 
The course also enhanced my communication skills. It enabled me to build up my vocabulary to speak more effectively.”
 
These abilities gave Hannah the confidence to volunteer at a local primary school, helping children with maths and English, on her Wednesday mornings off from College – experience which she is  sure led to her getting her PCSO role.
 
She added: “There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.
 
Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.”

There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown.


“Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.

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