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Psychology A Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

A Level Psychology opens doors to many varied and exciting careers, including criminal and forensic psychology, child protection and social work, educational psychology and teaching, occupational psychology and human resources, marketing and management, health psychology and nursing, mental health, youth work and counselling, sport psychology and coaching, psychological and government research, youth offending services and clinical psychology.

 You will learn and develop through a range of activities, such as watching videos/DVDs, participating in games, quizzes, debates and discussions, giving presentations, conducting independent research, group work and experiments

Course content

During the first year you will investigate

  • eyewitness testimony and memory
  • how obedience and prejudice can lead to genocide
  • conditioning behaviour and therapies
  • brain development and gender differences
  • and the role of the unconscious and psychoanalysis.

While in second year, you will understand

  • criminal profiling
  • causes of criminality
  • controlling aggression
  • clinical disorders, their causes and treatments
  • the effects of deprivation and privation on children and child therapies
  • major issues and debates in psychology.

Entry requirements

Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN

This subject requires

  • an average GCSE points score of 5.4 points
  • B or above in Maths and B or above in Biology or BB in Double Award Science (must be core and additional, not core/applied)


Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams.

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of a two-year A Level course can lead to university, higher education or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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