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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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Evie Wisniewska

Aspirations Pay Off For Travel and Tourism Student

Former Travel and Tourism student Evie Wisniewska was inspired to aim high by her teachers at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College so much so that she is working at managerial level early in her career.
Evie, a former pupil at Merrill Academy,came to the UK from Poland with her family when she was 12 and the initial language barrier took its toll on her confidence and self belief. She enrolled on the Travel and Tourism study programme at the Roundhouse and was initially unsure if this was something she wanted to do. 
However, her teacher took the time to motivate her to achieve her potential and inspired her to aim for higher education. Evie also embraced the work experience opportunities organised through her College study programme at Jury’s Inn and Alter Rock climbing centre in Derby which gave her a valuable insight into various aspects of the tourism industry.
She then progressed onto the University of Derby’s Buxton campus and graduated with a BA Hons First Class Honours degree in International Tourism Management before working at Skills Coaches as the Business Development Officer.
Evie is now working as Operations Manager at The Stay Company in the city where she is responsible for the marketing, letting and upkeep of the apart-hotel development of 29 high quality serviced apartments. 
“The work experience I gained at both college and university has greatly prepared me for the world of work and to gain a managerial job with wide responsibilities so early in my career.
“At The Stay Company I am able to use my creative, financial, analytical and customer service skills in this role and my goal is to progress with The Stay Company as it expands across the East Midlands.”

Derby College gave me the self-belief that I could set my sights high in this industry and I am so grateful for the support I had from my teachers.

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