Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology
Social influence (including conformity, obedience and minority influence)
Memory (including models of memory, forgetting and eye witness testimony)
Attachment (including animal studies, Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation and Ainsworth’s Strange Situation)
Psychopathology (including explaining and treating phobias, OCD and depression)
Paper 2: Psychology in context
Approaches in psychology (Learning approaches, Cognitive, Biological, Psychodynamic and Humanistic)
Biopsychology (including the nervous system, neurons, the process of synaptic transmission, the endocrine system, localisation of function, and sleep)
Research methods (including experiments, observations, self-report, correlations, content analysis and case studies. Scientific processes, data handling and analysis, and inferential testing)
Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology
Compulsory content: Issues and debates in psychology (including gender and culture bias, free will v determinism, nature v nurture, holism v reductionism, idiographic v nomothetic, and ethical implications.
Option 1: one from Relationships, Gender, or Cognition and development
Option 2: one from Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour or Stress
Option 3: one from Aggression, Forensic psychology or Addiction
It is recommended that you have a high GCSE level in English (level 6 or above) or a Humanities subject with an ability to write effectively. You are also advised to have a good GCSE levels in Science and Maths (level 6 or above) to cope with the higher mathematical demand in the A Level specification. These are not compulsory, but are highly recommended based on the demands of the two year A level.
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