Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviour. On the A1 course, you will learn about Social Influence, Memory, Attachments Psychopathology, Approaches and Research Methods. The A2 course content includes issues and debates and 3 options (Schizophrenia, Addiction and Gender). This all ties in with scientific enquiry and mathematical calculations. There will also be an element of understanding of research.
What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?
Students that have studied Psychology go into a wide range of professions and on to higher courses. Students who study Psychology do so as it fits in really well with other A-level subjects. Many universities regard Psychology as a Science subject, so it's a suitable subject for medical ambitions. You may have an interest in helping or caring professions, counselling, nursing or occupational health. Psychology can be useful for anyone wanting to work in jobs that involved organising people, whether that be in management, training or teaching.
Some of our previous Psychology students are now studying on degree courses in Psychology, Forensics, Criminology, Law, Social Work, Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, International Relations, Business Studies and Management, Sport, Physiotherapy and Archaeology.
How will I learn?
You will experience a variety of teaching methods and styles, both classroom based and be expected to undertake experiments in the field. We will also go on a few trips to museums and academic events in London. You will also get the chance to complete a dissection in the biology laboratory.
How will I be assessed?
You will have three theoretical written examinations at the end of the course. The exam will be under timed conditions.
Equipment and other costs
Specific to this course, you will be expected to buy a textbook and some relevant other books or periodicals. You will be expected to contribute to the cost of any tickets for external events although these are often subsidised.
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AS and A Level
University, Higher Education study
You will be expected to spend around 5 hours per week outside lesson time to complete set work.
Which awarding body is the course validation by?
What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?
You should possess at least 6 GCSEs including Maths at grade 5 and English at grade 6, plus grade 6 in core/additional Science or Biology.
Expected prior knowledge
You should have a sound scientific background at GCSE level and a keen interest in people generally.
GCSE grade 6 or above.
GCSE Grade 5 or above.
To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
All applicants will be required to provide evidence dated within four months of the application, showing that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or their parent/ guardian have made a successful application to City of Westminster College.
Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2015 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Students must attend their classes to continue to be eligible for free meals at College.
Students will be allocated £2.41 for each day they are timetabled to be in college. There is no cash alternative. Credits will be loaded onto the Student ID card. Students must have their College ID card to get their meal. Students cannot get a meal with temporary ID cards.
Credits not spent at the end of each day will be withdrawn.
Students are advised to purchase nutritious meals. The credits cannot be spent on items such as: cookies, cakes, fizzy drinks or confectionary.
All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2015. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2015 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.
The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.
You may be eligible for a concession if:
If you are aged 24 or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. This is available to eligible students starting a course after 1st August 2013. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.
Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:
Are you aged 20 or over? Is the cost of childcare preventing you from studying? The College has a limited childcare fund to support parents who want to study but need help towards the cost of childcare.
The fund is small, you cannot presume that you will get help with childcare costs, even if you meet the eligibility criteria. It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available to help with your childcare costs.
Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances. In addition to demonstrating that you are on a low income, you must also meet the College’s general eligibility criteria.
You need to have evidence that you fall into one of the following groups:
The evidence you will be required to produce:
Your childcare provision:
Speak to a Student Advisor as soon as possible to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST do this before you enrol on a course
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The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependant of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.
In order to qualify for assistance from the 16-19 Bursary Fund you must fulfil all the following criteria.
You must be:
When allocating resources, the College may consider other exceptional circumstances e.g. Young carers, young people who having caring responsibilities but are not in receipt of Carer’s Allowance.
You must meet the following economically disadvantaged criteria:
Be a dependent of someone who is:
In addition the college will have a contingency fund to support learners who are at risk of withdrawal as a result of financial difficulties with or without the above income evidence. E.g. young learners living independently and working to support themselves financially who are unable to access DWP benefits.
Young carers will be supported to make applications for bursary funding.
The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are under 19 years of age on 31st August 2015 and are:
Eligible students can receive up to £1,200 over the course of the academic year if you are a full time student, on a yearlong course and have a minimum of 88% attendance each week.
The bursary is paid every 2 weeks, but you will only get money for each week that you have reached a minimum of 88% attendance.
You must apply for this funding after you have completed your enrolment.
Your Social Worker or Care manager will have to confirm you are in the care of the Local authority. This can be done by letter or email. The email has to come from a Local Authority email account.
If you are living independently (in a hostel or other rented accommodation) you will have to bring evidence of your benefits.
The Student Advisors and Careers Team will offer additional help, advice and guidance to support you to stay on course and fulfil your education and employment aspirations.
The funds are small. You cannot presume you will get financial support even if you meet the eligibility criteria. Eligibility for help towards course associated costs are based on your personal circumstances. In addition to demonstrating that you are on a low income, you must also meet the College’s general eligibility.
Learner Support Fund:
24+ Advance Learning Loan Bursary Fund:
You need to have evidence that you fall into one of the following groups:
Payments contribute to the costs associated with study including travel. They do not meet all the costs. If you live within walking distance of college or have a Freedom pass you cannot apply for help with travel. For students who have to travel significant distances, a payment may be made towards the transport costs, for the days you are in College. You may also use the money to buy books or other learning resources.
All payments are based on you having a minimum of 85% attendance each month.
Payments are paid into your bank accounts.
You MUST inform the DWP of any payments you receive.
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