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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 2225.00****

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

In addition, you should have GCSE Combined Science at grade 5,5 or above.  If you have taken Triple Science, then Biology must be at grade 5, with the other two sciences at grade 4.

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

It is assumed that students enrol on 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.

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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Abbey Sisson

“Amazing” diploma offered more than sixth form for audiologist Abbey

As a teenager Royal Derby Hospital audiologist Abbey Sisson wanted to find “something different” after her GCSEs.
She had achieved As to Cs but was unsure about taking A levels because she wasn’t a natural at exams. She wanted to find a different direction and, on a whim, popped into an open day at Broomfield Hall.  
Abbey liked what she found – she made friends immediately – and was impressed by the Level 3 Public Services Uniformed Extended Diploma. It offered coursework modules, the equivalent of three A levels and “loads of opportunities” which helped her CV for job applications.
Abbey passed with a distinction and almost immediately after College landed a job as an emergency department assistant at the Royal Derby Hospital. Finding no clear career path there, she applied internally and went on to work in audiology as an assistant.
While there, she devoted her spare time, doing work placement on her days off, to achieve a foundation degree and a first-class BSc Healthcare Science Audiology degree at Aston University. Now a qualified audiologist at the Royal Derby, Abbey said her time at College helped her into the workplace.    

I was keen to do something different, and it really was different – it was amazing. I don’t think I would ever have had so many opportunities if I’d gone into the sixth form.  We volunteered in schools, doing sports leadership, as well as stewarding for events too. We had loads of opportunities. Because of the course, when I came to apply for jobs, I had a lot to say.

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