Psychology (BTEC Extended Certificate) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College
Minsthorpe Community College all of our teachers of Psychology are Psychology experts with a minimum of a BSc Honors degree in the subjects with experience working as Psychologists and/or counsellors. Within the department we have a Psychology Examiners with 12 years + experience in marking A level Psychology papers. Our teachers are passionate about the subject and often have key speakers and organise Psychology related trips.
If you are interested in exploring why people do what they do and answering questions such as: Why do some people suffer from stress or mental illness? How can you improve your memory? Why do people commit crimes? How do Psychologists study human behaviour? Psychology could be for you.
You will study Psychological Approaches and Applications which examines different ways in which psychologists explain behaviour. It also examines explanations for aggression, consumer behaviour and gender identity. You will be assessed through a 90 minute examination.
You will also study Criminal and Forensic Psychology where you will explore different theories used to explain criminal behaviour and the application of criminal and forensic psychology to the criminal justice system. This is a coursework unit
You will study Health Psychology which includes topics such as explanations for stress and addiction and ways of overcoming these. You will be assessed through a 2 hour examination.
You will also carry out a research project in the final unit Conducting Psychological Research which is a coursework unit.
5 GCSEs 9-4 (must include a 4 in English and Maths)
The course is 50% coursework and 50% external examination. There is one 90 minute exam and one 2 hour exam.
Degree Level Psychology would be an obvious progression route, but certainly not the only one. Students with this `A` Level could work in a range of careers such as:
Occupational psychologist - £21,500 - £41,000
• Clinical psychologist - £26,250 - £99,500
• Educational psychologist - £35,000 - £66,000
• Sport psychologist - £22,000 - £48,000
• Child and family psychotherapist - £26,500 -
• Drug and alcohol worker - £17,000 - £40,000
• Market research analyst - £22,000 - £60,000
• Human resource manager - £35,00 - £150,000
• Corporate investment banker - £30,000 - £150,000
• Lab assistant - £15,000 - £30,000
• Occupational therapy support worker - £15,250 -
• Psychological wellbeing practitioner - £19,000 -
• Career counsellor - £20,000 - £40,000
• Public relations director - £40,000 - £80,000
• Teacher/professor - £22,900 - £67,300
• Prison services or probation - £22,000 - £27,500
Independent study is essential. There are compulsory after college sessions each week, which in the first instance cover the development of practical skills and closer to the exam cover theory.
How to apply
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