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Psychology (BTEC Extended Certificate) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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:

Clinical/Educational/Occupational Psychology
Health Careers
Human Resources.

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

Further information

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

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.