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Psychology AS & A Level at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is an interesting and challenging course that will help you learn about the brain, body and how they influence or are influenced, by our behaviours. Psychology will also give you the opportunity to study research and design your own experiments!

This programme is delivered by experienced Psychology examiners. During the two year course, you will study: Social influence – the way in which people influence each other’s behaviours, opinions and attitudes; Memory – the way information is stored and lost, including Eye Witness testimonies; Attachment – childhood relationships and their consequences; Approaches – an insight into the major Psychology theories; Bio-psychology – the role of biology and the brain; Psychopathology – causes and treatments of mental health; Research Methods – research studies and the analysis of data; Issues and Debates in Psychology; Gender Development and disorders; Schizophrenia; Forensic Psychology – profiling and offender behaviours.

Course content

There are benefits to studying Sociology and Biology alongside Psychology. You’ll find that the subjects complement one another, with a strong foundation in understanding research becoming even more important if you intend to study Psychology at university. In some cases, A-level Psychology is one of the entry requirements for a degree in Psychology. If you haven’t decided what else you’d like to study, you might like to choose a second or third subject Sociology/Law/Biology/Critical thinking alongside Psychology.

This A-level course is designed to help you get to the next stage of your education or employment, and since it is a qualification in people, it is beneficial for most careers. For example, you could become a psychologist (Health; Forensic; Work; Educational; Clinical, Child) or a Counsellor. Psychology is also a good qualification for working in Human resources or management roles. Alternatively, Psychology is great if you want a future in Research.

Entry requirements

  • The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well
  • You must achieve a minimum of 2 Grade B's and 3 Grade C's (including English) or equivalent (this equivalency will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview)
  • Students taking the Sciences must also obtain at least a grade B in Maths.
  • All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school.

Assessment

The course is examined over 3 exams (two hours each) at the end of the two years. Exams include multiple choice question; short questions and extended essay questions.

Future opportunities

H.E - eventually obtaining entry in to areas such as educational psychology, clinical psychology and occupational psychology. This A-level course is designed to help you get to the next stage of your education or employment, and since it is a qualification in people, it is beneficial for most careers. For example, you could become a psychologist (Health; Forensic; Work; Educational; Clinical, Child) or a Counsellor. Psychology is also a good qualification for working in Human resources or management roles. Alternatively, Psychology is great if you want a future in Research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The College's facility on Clarence Street nestles amongst the City's two famous university campuses - Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool - placing the College at the heart of student life. The College's City6 provision is sited on this campus offering 16-18 year olds the widest choice of A-levels in the City.

      Students have easy access to transport hubs, learning resources and local attractions supporting their development as independent learners.

      City6 prepares students for higher education at the College or university or for routes into employment. Courses for 16-18s in Health and Care and Access to HE courses are also located at this centre.

      All students have access to well-resourced facilities including modern teaching rooms and laboratories kitted out with modern, industry-standard equipment.