Psychology students learn about social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences.
At AS Level, students study a variety of issues including : stress, memory and conformity and obedience.
Throughout the course, students study a variety of scientific research methods linked to the topics and also get the chance to use these methods designing research projects.
Psychology is a popular subject and every year many students go on to study Psychology at university, often returning at times to assist in or observe lessons.
Assessment at AS Level is exam-based. Each module is worth 50% of the total AS marks, and there are 2 units. Each AS Level unit is worth 25% of the total A2 mark.
Unit 1 – Cognitive and Developmental and Research Method Psychology
- Cognitive psychology, including memory and eyewitness testimony
- Developmental psychology, including early social development, attachment and the effects of day care
- Research methods, in the context of the topic areas
Unit 2 – Physiological Psychology, Individual Differences and Social Psychology
- Biological psychology, including stress, factors affecting stress, coping with stress and managing stress
- Social psychology, including majority and minority influence, obedience and independent behaviour
- Individual differences, including definitions of abnormality, approaches and therapies
Students build on their knowledge and explore contemporary issues such as relationships, gender and aggression. Assessment at A2 Level is exam-based and there are 2 units. Each A2 Level unit is worth 25% of the total A-Level mark.
Throughout the course, students study a variety of scientific research methods linked to the topics and also get the chance to use these methods designing research projects. The specification offers a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from different psychological approaches and engage students in issues and debates in psychology.
Unit 3 – Social and Comparative Psychology
- Relationships, including the formation/maintenance and breakdown of relationships, and relationships in different cultures
- Aggression, including biological and social explanations of aggressive behaviour
- Gender, including issues related to biological sex and gender identity
Unit 4 – Psychopathology and Debates in Psychology
- Psychopathology - knowledge and understanding of models, classification, diagnosis and therapies in relation to depression
- Psychology in action - one contemporary issue which is the psychology of addictive behaviour
- Psychological research and scientific method
- Psychologists currently work in areas as diverse as:
- Education – Educational Psychologists
- Lecturing and research
- Law – Forensic Psychology
- Management – Occupational Psychology
- Journalism – research and advice
- Advertising – marketing
- Human Resources – Occupational Psychology
- Health/Sports Psychology and Clinical Psychology