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Psychology

Psychology A-level Course

WJEC A-level Psychology

Are you fascinated by the human brain? Do you want to study the intricacies of human behaviour and gain knowledge about cognitive and developmental psychology?

Is this course right for me?

Throughout this course you will learn about a number of issues related to the mind, including behavioural patterns, mental health disorders and therapies based on the different assumptions about human behaviour.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B and Maths/Numeracy grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

You will study scientific methods and renowned theories to help source answers and underpin the fundamentals of this subject. During your time on this course you will grow academically and develop transferable skills, which can be used to evaluate, provide relevant evidence and help you delve into the study of human development.

Units to be studied include:

  • Approaches in Psychology – biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, behaviourist and positive
  • Research methods – principles of research and contemporary debates
  • Implications in the real world – addictive behaviour, criminal behaviour, schizophrenia and controversies
  • Applied research methods – personal investigations

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Clinical psychologist, Counselling psychologist, Educational psychologist, Forensic psychologist, Further education teacher, Health psychologist, High intensity therapist, Occupational psychologist, Psychological wellbeing practitioner, Sport and exercise psychologist.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page
  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional Information

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, we would like to hear from you.

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What are the entry requirements?

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B and Maths/Numeracy grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview

Current student – what are the entry requirements?

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well

  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

What will I learn?

You will study scientific methods and renowned theories to help source answers and underpin the fundamentals of this subject. During your time on this course you will grow academically and develop transferable skills, which can be used to evaluate, provide relevant evidence and help you delve into the study of human development.

Units to be studied include:

  • Approaches in Psychology – biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, behaviourist and positive
  • Research methods – principles of research and contemporary debates
  • Implications in the real world – addictive behaviour, criminal behaviour, schizophrenia and controversies
  • Applied research methods – personal investigations

Learners also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.


Can I do this course in Welsh?

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.


How will I be assessed?

  • Written examination

What can I do next?

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Clinical psychologist, Counselling psychologist, Educational psychologist, Forensic psychologist, Further education teacher, Health psychologist, High intensity therapist, Occupational psychologist, Psychological wellbeing practitioner, Sport and exercise psychologist.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.


Do I need to bring/buy any equipment?

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Are there any additional costs?

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2022/23
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Additional information

Level:

Mode:

Online Learning Elements?

Yes

Disclaimer:
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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