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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

If you are fascinated by the complexities of human behaviour, then the study of psychology is ideal for you. This well-established course encourages students to engage with psychology in their everyday lives and to adopt a scientific approach to studying human behaviour.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/equivalent or above including English at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

You will have an interview and initial assessment. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.

To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Pass grade or above in your first year.

Course Content

Component 1 – Research methods

Students will learn about the techniques psychologists use for collecting and analysing data.  In addition they will carry out their own small-scale practical activities and will reflect on their experiences.

Component 2 – Psychological themes through core studies

Students will explore the range of ways in which behaviour can be measured from a social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual perspective.  Students will examine classic and contemporary research and learn how to evaluate such research.

Component 3 – Applied Psychology

Students will develop an awareness of the role of psychology in society and its applications to issues in mental health, child psychology and criminal psychology.  In addition, students will develop their understanding of how to apply methodological issues and debates across these topics.

We also have visits and in-house talks by specification-based psychologists.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is 100% by written essay-based examination.

Unit 1 – Research Methods - two-hour exam worth 30%

Unit 2 – Core Studies - two-hour exam worth 35%

Unit 3 – Applied Psychology - two-hour exam worth 35%

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

It is advisable to buy a copy of OCR Psychology for A level Year 1 and OCR Psychology for A level Year 2 by Ellerby-Jones, Latham and Wooldridge.

What can I do after this course?


This A-level is valuable for careers in areas such as:

  • Social services
  • The probation service
  • The armed forces
  • Hospital administration
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Personnel
  • Banking
  • Retail management
  • Teaching
  • Lecturing

Further study 

You can progress to university study in fields such as:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Law

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Yikai Shen

Yikai Shen

Aiming for a career in financial services

Aiming for a career in financial services, Yikai Shen chose to study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business at Derby College before continuing his education at Imperial College, London.

A British education is recognised throughout the world as the best. My biggest challenge at College was obviously the language but I worked hard and gained a lot of support from tutors at the College.

Derby is a very nice city and I settled in well. I made a lot of good friends and everyone was very welcoming
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