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Psychology A-Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

We are all amateur psychologists, constantly trying to explain behaviour we see around us. You will be fascinated by this and want to develop a more informed and scientific approach. Students often go on to study psychology at university. Others use the A level to support progression to a broad range of university degrees.

You will study psychological explanations of behaviour, including why behaviour is influenced by the people around us, how memory works and why we forget, the importance of early childhood attachments, and why people may suffer from mental health issues and how they can be helped and supported. You will study the characteristics, explanations for and treatments of schizophrenia. You will study forensic psychology, how psychologists have studied police work and applied psychological knowledge to improve support police work. You will study how understanding changes with age in childhood. You’ll be introduced to psychological approaches to research and carry out small investigations. You will identify the strengths and weaknesses of the measurements you have collected. 

You will work both in small groups and independently.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study psychology at A level you need to have gained a grade C or better in GCSE English and a grade C or better in either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE Additional Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.