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Psychology

Course requirements 

Science C.

Course description 

If you have an interest in explaining behaviours, including your own as well as that of others around you, then Psychology is the course for you.

Following the AQA A 7181/7182 specification, you will study a range of universal behaviours and issues that play a prominent role in modern life. We will discuss how individuals can create social change and in contrast to this, the impact of conformity to rules and social roles. We will also consider the impact of early life on development and adult life. We will look at the role played by memory in forming personality and life as you understand it to be as well as the limitations of memory and the impact that such limitations can have. We will also look at the role played by different parts of the brain in creating behavioural patterns and in some cases psychological disorders.

At A Level, we will look at one disorder, Schizophrenia, in greater depth by assessing differing views on what causes the symptoms and what differing treatments are available to reduce symptoms. We will research studies that aim to explain how and why relationships form and break down. We will also consider what causes aggressive behaviours and the implications of these suggestions in terms of how best to reduce the problems created by aggressive behaviour. 

By the end of the course, you should have a better idea of what factors lead to the creation of personalities and behaviours, including what factors may have led to the creation of your own behavioural characteristics.

We will examine and debate differing theories that underpin explanations for all behaviours. You will also learn how a Psychologist completes an investigation and practise small-scale research yourself.

Assessment 

AS Components

  • Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology – Social Influence, Memory and Attachments.
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context – Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods.

A2 Components

  • Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology – Social Influence, Memory, Attachments and Psychopathology.
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context – Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods.
  • Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology – Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Addiction.

Assessment

  •  AS Level Paper 1: 1½ hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.
  •  AS Level Paper 2: 1½ hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.
  •  A Level Paper 1: 2 hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.
  • A Level Paper 2: 2 hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.
  • A Level Paper 3: 2 hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.
Progression 

Psychology combines well with all subjects, especially English, History, Health and Social Care, Sociology, the Sciences and Mathematics.

It provides an excellent background for many degree courses and careers including Social Work, Teaching, Youth and Community work, the Law, the Police and Probation Service. It is also well suited to a wide spectrum of occupations related to health care, including Counselling and Psychiatry.