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Psychology

Subject Description

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. It attempts to explain human behaviour by exploring different approaches. It tries to answer questions such as: How does human memory work and can it be improved? How is prejudice created in society and who influences our behaviour? Do our early experiences in childhood affect our later development? What explanations are there for people suffering from mental illness?

What do I need?

Essential:
Grade 4 English, Grade 4 Maths, Grade 4 Biology
double award
Desirable:
Grade 5 English, Grade 5 Maths, Grade 5 Biology
double award

What will we study in Psychology?

Psychology will complement a variety of A Level subjects from Biology, PE, English, Sociology or Philosophy. It is an interactive subject that incorporates both written and practical work.

Some of the topics you will study are:

How does human memory work and can it be improved?

Do our early experiences in childhood affect out later development?

Why do we sleep?

What explanations are there for people suffering from mental illnesses?

What explanations are there for the attraction to celebrities?

What factors influence our choice of life partner? And what factors contribute to the breakdown of relationships?

Where does it lead?

A qualification in Psychology enables you to learn about yourself as well as others and is welcomed in a wide range of different occupations. You may wish to study Psychology further and may eventually specialise in areas such as Clinical, Health, Education, Sport or Forensics. This could lead to Chartered Psychologist status where you work with individual groups or organisations such athe Police, Child Protection Services or Clinical Psychiatrists.

Future Destinations:

A qualification in Psychology enables you to learn about yourself as well as others and is welcomed in a wide range of different occupations. You may wish to study Psychology further and may eventually specialise in areas such as Clinical, Health, Education, Sport or Forensics. This could lead to Chartered Psychologist status where you work with individual groups or organisations such as the Police, Child Protection Services or Clinical Psychiatrists.

Qualification:

A Level

Exam Board:

AQA

Extra Curricular Opportunities and Enrichment Links

London Trip to visit Freud’s Museum

Crown & Magistrates Court Visits (Manchester and Burnley)

Behind Bars Conference (Ex-offenders talk)

Blackpool Zoo trip (Conditioning/ learning in animals)

Chartered Psychologist Guest Speakers (Forensic and Clinical Psychology)

Links with local University Departments for progression to HE and participation in Research Studies

Residential visit to Krakow, Poland (Auschwitz concentration camps)

End of year celebration with Sociology department

Entry Requirements:

Essential: Grade 4 English, Grade 4 Maths, Grade 4 Biology double award.

Desirable: Grade 5 English, Grade 5 Maths, Grade 5 Biology double award.

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Unit One

Introductory topics in Psychology (50% of AS)

This unit is made up of 3 topics:

Social Influence

Memory

Attachment

This examination paper is 1 hour 30 minutes duration and will consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Unit Two

Psychology in context (50% of AS)

This unit is made up of 6 topics:

Approaches in Psychology

Psychopathology

Biopsychology

Research methods

Scientific processes

Data Handling and Analysis

The examination paper is 1 hour 30 minutes duration and will consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Unit Three

Introductory topics in Psychology (33.3% of A Level)

This unit is made up of 4 topics:

Social Influence

Memory

Attachment

Psychopathology

The examination paper is 2 hours duration and will consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Unit Four

Psychology in context (33.3% of A Level)

This unit is made up of 7 topics:

Approaches in Psychology

Psychopathology

Biopsychology

Research Methods

Scientific Processes

Data Handling and Analysis

Inferential Testing

This examination paper is 2 hours duration and will consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Unit Five

Issues and Options in Psychology (33.3% of A Level)

This unit is made up of 4 topics:

Issues and Debates in Psychology

Relationships

Eating Behaviour

Forensic Psychology

This examination paper is 2 hours duration and will consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

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