Here’s some useful information about A Levels to help you make up your mind:
We also offer a range of specialist certificates and diplomas for those students who might prefer a more vocational, work-related programme alongside some A-level choices. These A-Level equivalent qualifications 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.
Alongside your choices, you may also be able to study one of these additional subjects, worth extra UCAS points:
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 independent learning outside of the classroom to help you attain your academic goals.
Independent learning will be directed by teachers on a weekly basis and students will receive coaching on how to effectively set themselves independent learning too. It may take many forms but could include reviewing class notes before and after lessons; engaging with e-learning resources; creating revision notes; completing additional exam-style questions; taking part in; and collaborating with a subject buddy to improve your understanding.
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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
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