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Psychology

Exam Type: Linear 2 year A-Level

Exam Board: AQA

Course Requirements:

It is expected that students will have achieved at least a Grade 6 in GCSE English, as well as a Grade 5 in Mathematics. You do not need to have studied Psychology at GCSE in order to take an A-Level course in the subject. It is more important that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in human behaviour and experience and a desire to explore new ideas. Due to the nature of the course, you need to be able to learn and understand large amounts of material mostly in essay style questions.

Course Content:

Topics in Psychology:

  • Social Psychology which looks at conformity and obedience
  • Memory Psychology including the study of the modes of memory.
  • Attachment focusing on attachment with caregivers and early social development.
  • Psychopathology begins to address what ‘abnormal’ psychology is and how mental illness can be explained and treated.

Psychology in context:

  • Approaches used within Psychology; biological, cognitive, behavioural and psychodynamic.
  • Biological Psychology which looks at the role of the nervous system, hormones and neurotransmitters.
  • Research Methods in Psychology and the scientific process

Issues and options

  • Issues and debates
  • Relationships
  • Aggression
  • Eating Behaviour

 

Assessment:

A-Level

Three exams of equal weighting, all taken in Year 13 and each 2 hours long covering all the units above.

Career Opportunities/Progression:

A-Level Psychology gives students some understanding of the complexities of human behaviour. This course is extremely beneficial for careers in health, welfare, medicine, law, teaching, marketing, general management, the police and the media.

A-Level Psychology is an excellent foundation for further study in this subject or related subjects in higher education.