Subject Information

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind. The course explores the various approaches to explaining human behaviour including Biological, Cognitive, Behavioural, Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Evolutionary.

In Year 12 the following areas will be studied: Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Approaches, Psychopathology and Research Methods.

In Year 13 the following areas will be studied:  Biopsychology, Cognitive Development, Schizophrenia and Aggression.  You will also study synoptic Issues and Debates including the nature/nurture debate, determinism/free will debate, ethical issues, gender bias and culture bias in research.

A range of teaching methods will be employed including discussion, research, group work and independent study. Students are encouraged to participate in debates and discussions on a wide range of topic areas. Skills of analysing and evaluating concepts, theories, studies and a range of research methods are also key elements. This will include data analysis and presentation, as well as application of knowledge to novel stimulus material.

Assessment

All units will be assessed by external examinations. A’ Level is examined in three papers. There is no coursework requirement at  A’ Level.

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology Paper 2: Psychology in context
What’s assessed

Compulsory content 1-3 above

What’s assessed

Compulsory content 4-6 above

Assessed

·         Written exam: 1hour 30 mins

·         72 marks in total

·         50% of AS

 

Assessed

·         Written exam: 1hour 30 mins

·         72 marks in total

·         50% of AS

 

Questions

·         Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

·         Section B: multiple choice short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

·         Section B: multiple choice short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Questions

·         Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

·         Section B: multiple choice short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

·         Section B: multiple choice short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Opportunities

Psychology compliments most other A-Levels and is the second most popular subject at A-level and university. Students may follow a career in psychology by becoming an educational psychologist, a clinical psychologist, forensic psychologist, occupational psychologist, sports psychologist or teaching psychology in universities, schools or colleges of further education. Alternatively, many psychology graduates work in areas where a degree is required but the subject of the degree is not important such as business, nursing, advertising, sales, personnel management and social work.

Further Information

Please see:

Mrs S. Boyle