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Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths. You will also need a grade 5 in GCSE English Language, Maths and grade 5,5 in Core and Additional Science.

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2 academic years


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Key features and Benefits

  • New Blackburn Sixth Form
  • 100% A-Level Psychology pass rate
  • High Achievers Programme

Psychology is constantly relevant, dynamic and endlessly fascinating.

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Psychology is constantly relevant, dynamic and endlessly fascinating. It is one of the most popular A Level subjects and the department has an enthusiastic and friendly team of experienced lecturers.

Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes. It aims to understand how people think and what they do, as well as gaining an understanding of their deeper motivations. Psychology is important in terms of understanding any human activity. For example it can be applied to our well-being (e.g. stress, mental illness), or to the way we interact with others (e.g. relationship formation, conformity and obedience) or to how we might solve problems. These are but a few examples…Psychology has countless other applications.

The department at Blackburn College offers fantastic opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge of psychology in the real world. Past activities have included, for example, our attendance at a Criminal Psychology Conference, and we have also co-organised a sixth form trip to Krakow and Prague (close to the birthplace of Sigmund Freud).

What will I study?

In the first year you will study:

  • Memory, Attachment and Research methods
  • Social Influence, Psychopathology and Approaches in Psychology

In the second year you will study:

  • Research methods and Biopsychology
  • Issues and Debates in Psychology, Stress, Relationships, and Forensic Psychology

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths. You will also need a grade 5 in GCSE English Language, Maths and 55 in Core and Additional Sciences.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed at the end of the second year by 3 x 2 hour exams (multiple choice, short answer and extended writing – 16 mark essay).

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

What can I do next?

Psychology offers good career prospects in a range of areas including clinical, forensic, occupational and educational psychology. The skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers. These skills include oral and written communication, problem-solving and the ability to carry out independent research.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists help people make positive changes to their thinking and behaviour. They aim to understand their clients' thoughts and actions so they can work with them to manage or overcome their psychological distress and improve their well-being.

If you would enjoy helping people with psychological difficulties and have excellent communication and listening skills, this could be an ideal job for you.

To work as a psychologist you will need to complete a three-year degree in psychology, and a three-year postgraduate qualification in clinical psychology.???

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