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A Level - Psychology

Entry Criteria:
– You will need to achieve the pathway criteria, please see the prospectus for further information
– You will need to achieve a Grade 4 or above in Mathematics
– You will need to achieve a Grade 5 or above in English Language
– You will need to achieve a Grade 5 or above in Science.

Coursework/Examination Requirements:
AS Assessment Two written papers each worth 50%
A Level Assessment Three written papers each worth 33.3%..

Awarding Body/Specifications: AQA

Advanced Level (A Level):
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Research in Psychology seeks to understand and explain thought,
emotion and behaviour. The course enables you to better understand yourself as you learn more about how development occurs and how factors like society and
culture impact on behaviour. You will gain a stronger grasp of research methods which means you will be better equipped to sort out the truth from the fiction
surrounding many popular Psychology myths. Psychology can also help you become a better communicator and develop critical thinking skills.

The following units will be covered on this course:

Unit 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology
• Social Influence – reasons why we obey those in authority and conformity.
• Memory – long and short term memory, why we forget, eye witness testimonies.
• Attachment – the influence of early childhood attachments on adult relationships.
Unit 2 – Psychology in Context
• Approaches in Psychology – Behavioural, Cognitive and Biological.
•Psychopathology – The Causes and Treatment of Mental Disorders such as OCD, Phobias and Depression.
•Research Methods – How to conduct Research, Analyse and Interpret Data.
•Biopsychology – The central and Peripheral Nervous System, Functions of the
Endocrine System, Glands and Hormones

A Level/Year 13 Units
Unit 2 – Psychology in Context (Continued from Year 12)
• Approaches in Psychology – Psychodynamic, Humanistic and
Comparison of the approaches
• Biopsychology – Localisation of function of the brain, ways of studying
the brain, and biological rhythms
• Research Methods
Unit 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology
• Issues and Debates
• One topic from EITHER Relationships, Gender or Cognitive Development.
• One topic from EITHER Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress.
• One topic from EITHER Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction.

Advanced Subsidiary (AS): If you choose to study this subject for one year you will be awarded the AS Level. You will cover the AS unit content and sit public
examinations in Year 12.

Progression: Studying Psychology will give many options such as progression to Higher Education or for your career plans, especially if you are interested in working with people or in areas that need good problem solving skills including Management and Human Resources, Education, Public Sector Work, Health and Social Care, Marketing, Public Relations and Medicine. Careers specifically related to Psychology include: Child, Education, Forensic and Clinical Psychologists.

Opportunities: Strong links with the University of East Anglia have been established and visits have included the Freud Museum, The Maudsley Hospital Psychology Unit and a trip to China visiting a working Psychiatric hospital to examine cross cultural differences in diagnosis and treatment.

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