A-levels could be the ideal choice if you:
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 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.
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.
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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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