Examining Board: AQA, Head of Department: Ms L Farbrace
Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind, behaviour and experience. This course is designed to develop your basic understanding of the different areas of Psychology and the scientific research methods applied to studying human behaviour. You will learn to design, analyse and evaluate research and will need to learn particular key research studies for the different topics areas.
The specification includes topics such as: the way the brain perceives and uses information; the way those processes develop from birth to adulthood; the way we behave in groups; how we define and explain psychological abnormality (psychopathology); the biological basis of psychology; different approaches to explaining human behaviour; experimental and non-experimental research methods; the scientific process and data analysis; key issues and debates including ethical implications; psychological explanations of gender development and gender identity disorder; explanations and treatments of schizophrenia; explanations of aggressive behaviour.
See http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level/psychology-7181-7182/specification-at-a-glance for more information on these topics.
Psychology is an exciting and interesting subject for those who seek to understand why human beings behave the way they do. This is not only advantageous in your personal life but is useful in any career in which you need an understanding of people, including medicine and health careers, the police and criminal justice system, management, business, sport, social work and education. A level Psychology involves a significant amount of independent study and a high level of commitment to achieve a good grade. It is a rigorous, academic A level, and to succeed students need a good memory and a liking for science, as well as a high level of literacy to tackle extended essays. It combines well with other sciences, arts and humanities subjects. Many students go on to study Psychology at University with great success.
PAPER 1 – Introductory topics in Psychology – Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.
PAPER 2 – Psychology in Context - Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods
PAPER 3 – Issues and Option in Psychology – Issues and debates, Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.
Year 1 students will study Social Influence, memory, Attachment, Approaches, Psychopathology and Research Methods.
Year 2 students will study Biopsychology, Issues and debates, Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.
Entry Criteria: GCSE grade 6 in Psychology. Alternatively, if you have not studied Psychology at GCSE, grade 6 in a Separate Science qualification or Combined Science (Trilogy)
and a grade 6 in English (Language or Literature)
plus: GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics