Psychology A Level Linear at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. It offers a unique educational experience that develops a distinct and broad set of skills. Stimulating content is at the heart of this engaging qualification which will encourage students to think like psychologists. At the end of two years you will be assessed on your knowledge of topics such as Research Methods, Mathematical Skills and core Psychology Studies, as well as Criminal and Environmental Psychology.
Topics you will study:
- Design and carry out your own pieces of psychological research
- Learn the psychological explanations for the Holocaust
- Find out more about how to improve your memory
- Have a better understanding of how human memory works
- Understand the problems psychologists face when having to diagnose disorders
- Find out what happens to your development if you are raised in isolation with no contact with others
- Have a better understanding of how psychologists treat psychopathology
Four GCSEs grade A-C, preferably including Maths and English. This is a guideline rather than a requirement and the college will create a programme most suitable for you as an individual.
Awarding Body: OCR
Assessment: Exam 100%
Results 2016: 96%
This course is free to students aged 16-19 years old
In most universities Psychology is studied as a natural science alongside Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths and is often paired with a science or social science such as Sociology or Criminology.
A wide range of career options are open to Psychology graduates including marketing, the health sector, as well as sports or criminology. With further training, Psychologists can progress into careers such as teaching, clinical psychologists, forensic psychologists, educational psychologists and occupational psychologists.
Since 2000, A Levels have been MODULAR courses, which means that exams have been taken in the first and second year of the course. In the past, the first year, or AS year, has contributed to 50% of the overall A Level grade and the remaining 50% contributed to the overall grade at the end of the second year of study.
From September 2015, Psychology will change and become LINEAR. This means that all exams will be taken at the end of two years of study. The philosophy of the reform is that the rigour of A levels will not change and in the main the breadth and depth of content will not change. These changes aim to prepare young people better for the demands of employment and further study. They will give pupils, parents, teachers, universities and employers greater confidence in the integrity and reliability of our qualifications system.
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Careers Personal Adviser in school or speak to your teachers. Attend a college Open Evening and chat to our teaching staff, college careers staff and Liaison Team
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College directly.