Psychology

Head of Department:          Mrs T Hathaway

Examination Board: AQA A 7182

Psychologists have a ‘toolkit’ that contains a set of explanations (tools) which they use to explain behaviour.

AS Psychology and be fully co-teachable with the full A2. Psychology is a hugely accessible subject that appeals to a diversity of students.  It is a scientific discipline, as recognised by OFSTED and universities alike. Students are encouraged to place considerable emphasis on how research progresses through to empirical findings with research methods contextualised in every unit.

Studying Psychology will help students develop skills of logic, analysis, interpretation and evaluation. Students have opportunities to design and report practical investigations and consider ethical issues surrounding the use of human participants in psychology research.

Course Content

Compulsory

  • Social influence
  •  Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in psychology

From the optional topics we have chosen;

  • Relationships
  • Eating behaviour
  • Aggression

Schemes of Assessment

All modules are assessed by written examination. There is no coursework.

Paper 1    Introductory Topics in Psychology

Exam 2 hours    Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Paper 2    Psychology in Context

Exam 2 hours    Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Paper 3      Issues and Options in Psychology

Exam 2 hours covering issues and debates in psychology, relationships, eating behaviour and aggression topic

Careers

Possible careers related to Psychology include childcare/nursery nursing, teaching, educational psychology, social work, caring for the elderly or disabled, psychiatric nursing, marketing, public relations/personnel, criminology, forensic psychology, counselling, clinical psychology or psychiatry pursued through medicine.

AS/A2 Psychology is not a prerequisite for studying Psychology at degree level but for students prepared for a really grown-up, academically challenging and tantalising subject, it should satisfy!