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A-Level Psychology

Practical Vs Theory

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Course overview

Ever won­dered if prison real­ly does change crim­i­nal behav­iour? Or why some peo­ple con­form? Or per­haps if the expe­ri­ence you had before the age of five real­ly do shape the per­son you are today? Psy­chol­o­gy is the sci­ence of the human mind and behav­iour, and includes the study of men­tal health and social changes.

 

What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will study in a vari­ety of ways. These will include: In class activ­i­ties, work­sheets, quizzes, games, prac­tise exam ques­tions, prac­ti­cal research activ­i­ties, extend­ed read­ing, tests, group work and inde­pen­dent study. You will be pro­vid­ed with top­ic book­lets which you will be expect­ed to com­plete both in and out­side of class. We also organ­ise indus­try vis­its that are rel­e­vant to your sub­jects and, where pos­si­ble, sub­ject spe­cif­ic conferences.

Entry Require­ments

The stan­dard require­ment for A Lev­els at Stam­ford Col­lege is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/C or above as a min­i­mum for human­i­ties sub­jects and 6/B in maths for all sci­ence subjects.

Each A Lev­el sub­ject has its own addi­tion­al entry require­ments, please see below

Min­i­mum grade 5/C or above in maths and 6/B in two human­i­ties sub­jects includ­ing Eng­lish Lan­guage.

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you. We offer an online inter­view which will explain the A Lev­el pro­gramme and also allow for an infor­mal chat with the tutor for each sub­ject before an offer to study with us can be made to you.

Once enrolled one of the ways we make sure the course is right for you is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess’ pro­gramme that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change sub­ject and course if you change your mind or find the course is not right for you in the first 6 weeks ‑sub­ject to availability 
  • Mov­ing you between A‑Levels and a Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too hard — sub­ject to availability 
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Dur­ing the two years of study, you will be reg­u­lar­ly assessed under test con­di­tions to prac­tise being able to under­stand and respond to the ques­tions asked in the cor­rect time allo­ca­tion so that you are ful­ly pre­pared for the final exams. There is an assess­ment cal­en­dar for A lev­els which includes timed assess­ment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feed­back gained from these assess­ments will help you to devel­op your skills, tar­get your revi­sion and where nec­es­sary enable us to pro­vide addi­tion­al support.

Addi­tion­al Information

Psy­chol­o­gy is a sci­en­tif­ic based sub­ject and you will be expect­ed to under­take some research and apply sci­en­tif­ic approach­es. There will also be a maths element.

You will study 3 A Lev­el sub­jects, plus tuto­r­i­al and career devel­op­ment ses­sions. Each sub­ject has 6 hours per week con­tact time, with approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours of inde­pen­dent study. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly we can­not accept stu­dents who only want to study a sin­gle A Lev­el sub­ject due to fund­ing limitations.

Poten­tial Future Career

Exam­ple job roles in:

  • Foren­sic Psychologist
  • Occu­pa­tion­al Therapist
  • Clin­i­cal Psychologist
  • Nurse
  • Teacher

Study­ing fur­ther degrees in:

  • Psy­chol­o­gy
  • Crim­i­nol­o­gy
  • Soci­ol­o­gy
  • Teach­ing
  • Law

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Social influ­ence
  • Mem­o­ry
  • Attach­ment
  • Approach­es in Psychology
  • Bio-psy­chol­o­gy
  • Psy­chopathol­o­gy
  • Research meth­ods

Plus:

  • Rela­tion­ships
  • Stress
  • Addic­tion

 

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Learn­ers ben­e­fit from a range of addi­tion­al activ­i­ties that broad­ens their expe­ri­ence and pre­pares them well for life after College.

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