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Psychology A Level


A Level

Why study this course?

• If you enjoy exploring issues dealing with how and why people behave in certain ways
• If you enjoy finding out more about the link between people’s behaviour and their environment

• If you enjoy planning and carrying out investi- gations to look for any patterns and explaining the behaviour of people

Potential careers:

• Psychology
• Clinical Psychologist
• Educational Psychologist • Child Psychologist
• Teaching
• Police Force
• Business
• Nursing
• Art and Drama


Students will sit three x 2 hour exam papers, each with equal weighing in he overall result

Course content

You will study the following:
• Cognitive Psychology – including memory and Eye Witness Testimony
• Developmental Psychology – including how we attach to our caregivers and what happens if no attachment is formed
• Social Psychology – including why some
people conform and obey others
• Individual differences – including definitions of abnormality and mental disorders and why the theories say they develop
• Approaches in Psychology – including the key theories in Psychology and its key supporting research. Biological, Behaviourism, Psychodynamic, Cognitive, Humanistic and Social Learning theories
• Biopsychology – including how the biological systems of the body and the brain function with the resultant impact on human behaviour
• Research Methods – including looking at the ways psychologists investigate behaviour
• Gender – including how and why the genders behave in different ways
• Schizophrenia – including the causes of Schizophrenia and the potential treatment methods for the disorder
• Forensic Psychology – including measuring crime, offender profiling, theories of offending and ways of dealing with offender behaviour
• Issues and Debates – including nature versus nurture, freewill versus determinism, ethical implications in research, as well as gender and culture in psychological research

Staff contact:

Ms J Ball and Mrs G Jenkins