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Psychology A Level at St Andrew's Catholic School

Course description

Year 12

Psychology in Context : Social influence; Memory; Attachment; Psychopathology.

Approaches in Psychology : Biopsychology; Approaches in Psychology; Research methods and Inferential Testing

Year 13

Issues and Options in Psychology : Gender and culture in Psychology – universality and bias; Free will and determinism: hard determinism and soft determinism; The nature-nurture debate; Holism and reductionism: levels of explanation in Psychology: Idiographic and nomothetic approaches to psychological investigation; Ethical implications of research studies and theory.

Relationships : The evolutionary explanations for partner preferences, including the relation; ship between sexual selection and human reproductive behaviour; Factors affecting attraction in romantic relationships; Theories of romantic relationships; Virtual relationships in social media: self-disclosure in virtual relationships; Parasocial relationships, eg the absorption addiction model.

Schizophrenia : Classification of schizophrenia; Positive and Negative symptoms of schizophrenia; Reliability and validity in diagnosis and classification; Biological and psychological explanations for schizophrenia; Drug therapy: typical and atypical antipsychotics; Cognitive behaviour therapy and family therapy; The importance of an interactionist approach.

Aggression : Neural, hormonal and genetic mechanisms in aggression; The ethological and evolutionary explanations of aggression; Social psychological explanations of human aggression; Institutional aggression in the context of prisons: dispositional and situational explanations; Media influences on aggression, including the effects of computer games; The role of desensitisation, disinhibition and cognitive priming.

Entry requirements

B in Maths, English and Science

Assessment

AS Level

  • Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology, 50% : 1 hour 30 minutes written paper. 72 marks. 3 compulsory structured sections worth 24 marks each.
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context, 50% : 1 hour 30 minutes written paper. 72 marks. 3 compulsory structured sections worth 24 marks each.

A Level

  • Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology, 33.3% : 2 hour written exam. 4 compulsory structured sections. All sections worth 24 marks each.
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context, 33.3% : 2 hour written exam. 3 compulsory structured sections. 2 questions worth 24 marks and 1 worth 48 marks.
  • Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology Compulsory and optional content, 33.3% : Written Paper. 2 hour written exam. 1 compulsory structured section, plus 3 sections with optional topics. All sections worth 24 marks each

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Andrew's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 June 2016
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