Derby College

A-level Psychology : Site Joseph Wright Centre

Derby College
In Derby

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Important information

Typology A Level
Location Derby
Duration 2 Years
  • A Level
  • Derby
  • Duration:
    2 Years

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 learners to engage with psychology in their everyday lives and to adopt a scientific approach to studying human behaviour.
Entry requirements
Entry requirements include five A*-C grade GCSEs, including English Language (grade B required) and Mathematics. In addition a C grade profile should be demonstrated in Science. A strong Maths profile would also be of benefit to learners undertaking this course.

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Cathedral Road, DE1 3PA, Derbyshire, England
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Cathedral Road, DE1 3PA, Derbyshire, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Human Behaviour
Human Behaviour

Course programme

Course Content: Component 1 – Research methods Learners will learn about the techniques psychologists use for collecting and analysing data. In addition they will carry out their own small-scale practical activities and will reflect on their experiences. Component 2 – Psychological themes through core studies Learners will explore the range of ways in which behaviour can be measured from a social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual perspective. Learners will examine classic and contemporary research and learn how to evaluate such research. Component 3 – Applied Psychology Learners will develop an awareness of the role of psychology in society and its applications to issues in mental health, child psychology and criminal psychology. In addition, learners will develop their understanding of how to apply methodological issues and debates across these topics. 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 – Research Methods - two-hour exam worth 30% Unit 2 – Core Studies - two-hour exam worth 35% Unit 3 – Applied Psychology - two-hour exam worth 35% Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required? It is advisable to buy a copy of OCR Psychology for A level Year 1 and OCR Psychology for A level Year 2 by Ellerby-Jones, Latham and Wooldridge. 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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