Psychology

Staffing

Mrs A. Kormari – Subject Leader

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. Pupils explore such fundamental subjects as how memory works, what influences our behaviour and attitudes to other people, and the importance of childhood experiences. They become familiar with the ideas of important psychologists who have changed our way of thinking such as Sigmund Freud, John Bowlby, Milgram and Zimbardo. Psychology is offered at AS and A level.

Studying Psychology you will gain a greater understanding of yourself and the people around you. Psychology is a very popular and interesting subject with wide applications; it can be combined equally successfully with arts and science subjects. It is particularly useful if you wish to study medicine or psychotherapy or pursue a career which involves a lot of public relations.

AQA A Level Psychology

A Level content

PAPER 1

TITLE: Introductory topics in Psychology

SUBJECT CONTENT:

  • Social influence: conformity, obedience, explanations for conformity and obedience, minority influence and social change.
  • Memory: the nature of memory, two models of memory, types of memory, explanations of forgetting, eye-witness testimony.
  • Attachment: types, explanations and consequences of attachments.
  • Psychopathology: definitions of abnormality, explanations and treatment for phobias, depression and OCD.

PAPER 2

TITLE: Psychology in context

SUBJECT CONTENT:

  • Approaches in Psychology: the Learning approach, the Cognitive approach, the Biological approach, the Psychodynamic approach and Humanistic approach of studying human behaviour.
  • Biopsychology: the nervous system, the endocrine system, the fight or flight response, the brain, ways of studying the brain, sleep and biological rhythms.
  • Research methods: experimental method, observational techniques, self-report techniques, correlations, content analysis, case studies, the scientific process, data handling and analysis and inferential testing (statistics).

 

PAPER 3

TITLE: Issues and options in Psychology

SUBJECT CONTENT:

  • Issues and debates in Psychology: gender and culture, free will and determinism, nature-nurture, holism-reductionism, idiographic and nomothetic debates and ethics.
  • Choice of three topics from: relationships, gender, cognition & development, schizophrenia, eating behaviour, stress, aggression, forensic psychology and addiction.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: There is no coursework. Each paper is assessed separately as a written exam lasting two hours each and it is worth 33.3% of the A-Level qualification.  To be assessed in June 2018.

 

USEFUL WEBSITES:

www.aqa.org.uk

www.bps.org.uk