A Levels at Derby College

At Derby College we give you all the support and advice you need to choose the right study programme and turn your ambitions into reality.

Are A-levels for you?

A-levels could be the ideal choice if you:

  • Can work on your own initiative
  • Enjoy reading and carrying out research Have the ability to work in a team
  • Enjoy written, classroom-based tasks Are self-motivated
  • Are well organised when planning work and meeting deadlines
  • Enjoy creating extended pieces of writing.

a levels at derby college

Choose Wisely

Studying any subject at A-level is a major step up from GCSE. It demands greater commitment, hard work and perseverance, so you will be stretched and challenged.

When choosing your A-level subjects, you should think carefully about:

  • Subjects you have a genuine passion for: if you are interested in the subjects you choose then you are more likely to do well in them
  • Subjects you will need: for certain university degrees or careers you will be required to have one or more specific A-level subjects for entry.

Independent study

When you join Derby College, you will be on the pathway to becoming a more independent student. We fully expect you to complete at least five hours per week of homework and independent study to help you attain your academic goals.

Independent study can take many forms but could include reviewing class notes before and after lessons; accessing e-learning resources; creating mind maps or revision notes; completing additional exam-style questions; taking part in enrichment activities; and working with a subject buddy to improve your understanding.

What vocational subjects can I take as part of an A-level Programme

We also offer a range of specialist certificates and diplomas for those students who might prefer a more vocational, work-related programme alongside or in place of A-levels. These enable you to take a practical approach to learning and give you the opportunity to focus on real-world scenarios.The way you are assessed will centre more on coursework and practical projects than on traditional exams.

Such qualifications are highly respected across many sectors and are designed to meet the specific needs of employers and professional bodies as well as paving the way to higher education.

Vocational programmes you can choose as part of one of your A-level options cover subjects such as Applied Law, Criminology, IT: Scripting and App Programming, and Sport Science.

To enhance your CV further still, you can also consider taking additional qualifications alongside your A-levels.You could, for instance, improve your skills in using maths in a range of ‘real-world’ contexts with the Advanced Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths). You could also take the Extended Project Qualification, which enables you to plan, research and develop a project which is largely self-directed and self-motivated on a theme of your choice.

Whether your aim is to head to university, an apprenticeship or a job, our A-level options can help you achieve your long-term goals and career plans.

 

Derby College Course Listings - A Levels

 

FT A-level Art and Design: Site Joseph Wright Centre

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FT A-level Design Technology - Fashion and Textiles: Site Joseph Wright Centre

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FT A-level English Language: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT A-level English Language and Literature Combined: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT A-level English Literature: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT A-level Film Studies: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT A-level French: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT A-level Further Mathematics: Site Joseph Wright Centre

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FT A-level Law: Site Joseph Wright Centre

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FT A-level Psychology : Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT A-level Sociology: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT A-level Spanish: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT BTEC National Certificate / National Extended Certificate in Applied Law - Level 3: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) - Level 3: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science - Level 3: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Diploma in Criminology - Level 3: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT International A-level Programme: Site Joseph Wright Centre

FT Tech-level IT: Scripting and App Programming - Level 3: Site Joseph Wright Centre

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Lauren Bamford

Rehmat Ramzan

Making the Grade

Lauren discovered a passion for Psychology when she studied it as an A level subject at Derby College. Now a Psychological Research Assistant for the Derbyshire NHS Foundation Trust at the Centre for Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention. Read about Lauren’s educational journey below.

“I chose Psychology as an A-Level at Derby College as I thought it would be a subject I would thoroughly enjoy and wanted to explore and analyse human behaviour,” said Lauren. “Prior to studying the subject at college, I had no background in Psychology apart from a personal interest in mental health.

“Throughout my time studying over two years, not only did I extremely enjoy the subject, it was an A Level I found I was able to excel in,” she said. “It also highlighted the areas of Psychology I was most interested in, which started to shape the career path I would follow.

“After college I studied BSc Psychology at university,” said Lauren. “Whilst I was studying I also volunteered in numerous roles in order to gain relevant experience in mental health and clinical settings, as I knew I would later like to become a Clinical Psychologist - a job role that is highly competitive.

“Following this, I went on to complete my Master’s in MSc Clinical Aspects of Psychology. At the same time I held two voluntary posts as an Assistant Psychologist for the NHS and as a Clinical Research Assistant for the university whilst also conducting a clinical study.

“I achieved a Distinction in my Master’s, something I am extremely proud of,” said Lauren. “My third year dissertation project was also published in a psychological journal. This is one of my greatest achievements to date as I always aspired one day to be able to publish a paper that can inform clinical practice and further research in psychology.

Derby College has provided me with the foundations I needed to succeed,” says Psychological Research Assistant for Centre for Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention

Learner Voice Survey

Here's what Derby College Learners have been saying in out latest surveys

  • Quality teaching 94% felt that teachers treated them with respect
  • Useful information 97% found all the information they needed in the prospectus
  • A smooth process 96% said they were given clear guidance at their interview about the courses on offer
  • On course to success 93% said they were being helped to make good progress
  • Valuable feedback 95% said they felt comfortable to ask questions in their tutorials
  • Prepared for the future 97% said the information, advice and guidance given at Derby College

Site Information

Joseph Wright City Centre Campus

Courses in this area are run at our Joseph Wright campus located in Derby City Centre.

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Useful Websites

www.direct.gov.uk/NationalCareersService
The ‘job profile’ section contains information about hundreds of jobs and tells you which roles require specific A-level subjects and/or a degree for entry

www.ucas.com
Find out about a range of university courses and which subjects they require for entry

www.prospects.ac.uk
Discover what you could do after a degree and the kind of jobs your A-level choices would be suited to

www.apprenticeships.org
Everything you need to know about becoming an apprentice – many higher level apprenticeships require A-levels for entry

www.routes-ahead.org
Find information on courses, apprenticeships and other learning opportunities for 14-19 year olds in and around Derby and Derbyshire

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