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This programme ? which combines A levels in Biology, Sociology and Psychology ? is an ideal route for learners who want to study either health and social care or a science-related subject at degree level. If successful in your exams at the end of the programme, you will have A levels in Biology, Sociology and Psychology.
The programme will appeal to learners who have an interest in the health and social sciences and how they can be applied to society, and are also fascinated by why people think and behave in the way they do. The varied course includes practical laboratory sessions, discussion and debate, and essay writing, giving you an excellent range of skills which will prepare you for further study at degree level or employment. You will acquire useful research skills, for example, and learn how to confidently interpret and use data.
The Sociology A level course includes the following mandatory AS level units: Education, Methods in Context and Research Methods plus Families and Households; and A level units: Education, Methods in Context and Research Methods, Crime and Deviance, Theory and Methods plus Families and Households and Beliefs in Society.
The Biology A level course consists of three externally examined papers and the Science Practical Endorsement. Students are expected to carry out the 16 core practical experiments that are identified in the content. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.
The Psychology A level course consists of the following units in year 1: Social Psychology (obedience and prejudice), Cognitive Psychology (memory), Biological Psychology (aggression and brain functioning), and Learning Theories (conditioning and phobias). In year 2 you will study Clinical Psychology (abnormality and schizophrenia), Psychological Skills, and Criminological Psychology OR Child Psychology OR Health Psychology.
Aims of the course
To enable students to develop a more advanced knowledge of biology, sociology and psychology. In particular, to develop an understanding of scientific methods and scientific issues, to develop a knowledge of the social sciences, and to introduce learners to the foundations of psychology and equip them with skills in analysis and data handling.
Sociology A level: Education, Methods in Context and Research Methods, Crime and Deviance, Theory and Methods plus Families and Households and Beliefs in Society
Biology A level: Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics, Physiology, Evolution and Ecology, Science Practical Endorsement etc
Psychology A level: Social Psychology (obedience and prejudice), Cognitive Psychology (memory), Biological Psychology (aggression and brain functioning), Learning Theories (conditioning and phobias), Clinical Psychology (abnormality and schizophrenia), Psychological Skills, Criminological Psychology OR Child Psychology OR Health Psychology
You will be externally assessed by the relevant examining body (AQA or Pearson/Edexcel) via a maximum of three exams in each of the three subjects.
To further study on a range of degrees in health-related subjects (such as biochemistry and biological sciences), psychology or health and social care. Or progression to Access to HE dip. in science.
Students can pursue careers in fields that require an understanding of how society functions via the social sciences, and into health related areas. They are also well equipped to work with people, in careers such as journalism and marketing, or to use the analytical skills they have gained in a wide range of other jobs.
Minimum of five GCSEs at grade C of above. This must include maths, English and biology (or Science and Additional Science) at grade B or above.
At least four GCSEs must have been assessed through examination, including English language and maths.
The above requirements must include:
GCSE maths ? grade B and above
GCSE Science and Additional Science ? grade BB OR a grade B in biology
A grade B in one of the following: English Language, Geography, History, Politics, Psychology, Religious Education (full course) or Sociology
Students will be expected to carry out preparatory reading before lessons and also to complete all homework.
Students with non-standard qualifications are sometimes accepted and will be assessed by our tutors.
For entry and progression to the second year of the A level course, students will need a grade D or above in any AS exams taken and a good reference from their tutor.
Teaching is a combination of methods including classroom based lessons, e-learning, workshops and laboratory sessions. Students also benefit from external trips and visits to exhibitions.
Process for Application
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