What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. You will acquire knowledge of theory and its applications, and develop skills of evaluation and analysis.
You will be taught in a variety of ways including taking notes during lectures, group and whole class discussions, as well as exploring topics through videos and DVDs. You will undertake individual study, pair work and presentations.
What topics will I study?
The study of Psychology is underpinned with the study of main perspectives or approaches and debates. There is no singular cause of behaviour, so it is important to consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of several approaches, such as biological, behavioural and psychodynamic. Psychologists employ a variety of methods when researching human behaviour. Consequently, it is necessary to learn about the relative merits of methods such as experimentation, interviews and case studies to name a few.
In addition to the overarching theories and methods upon which the study of psychology is based students will learn to apply theories and methods to individual topics areas from different areas of psychology such as cognitive, social, developmental and mental health issues.
What experiences will I get?
You may have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip. This is not a compulsory part of your course.
What are the entry requirements?
You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C with English Language and Maths at Grade B or above. GCSE Science Grade B is desirable.
What can I study alongside this course?
This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme.
What facilities are there?
You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building.
What can the course lead on to?
Psychologists work in a number of fields, for example, industry, education, mental health, the prison service and social services. Psychology prepares you well for a broad range of degree courses, including social science. AS level offers a qualification between GCSE and A level. Both AS levels and A levels offer you the opportunity to gain points for entry into higher education.
Are there any additional costs?
There are some costs of materials and resources.
What do our students think?
"It's a really interesting subject to take but can be a challenge to understand as it is more scientific than you think.”
“There is a lot to learn but as long as you have a good memory it's great, it's my favourite subject, but there are no shortcuts to learning all the stuff and getting a good grade.”
"You can determine your own grade by the amount of effort you put in".
This further education course is free for all 16-18-year-olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course).