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Psychology A level at Chace Community School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. This is done through rigorous analysis of psychological theory and research and evaluating their methodological strengths and weaknesses. In lessons students take an active role and participate in a range of tasks including exam preparation, group presentations, discussions, note taking, essay writing and being involved in psychological activities. Additionally students will conduct their own small-scale research projects in order to learn the processes involved in psychological enquiry.

Students need to have an interest in the explanations behind human behaviour and take an evaluative approach to their learning. Psychological research involves the use of scientific methods therefore students would benefit from having a good grasp of scientific concepts and approaches. In addition, good mathematical skills are required, as 10% of the marks in the Psychology examination will require the use of mathematical skills. Students should be prepared to handle challenging language and a range of new concepts. Due to the considerable amount of detailed information that must be learnt, students need to be able to take responsibility for their own learning.  

Course content

Paper 1 – Introductory Topics in Psychology: 

Social Influence (e.g. conformity, obedience, social change), Memory (e.g. how does memory work?, explanations for forgetting, eyewitness testimony, police interviews),  Attachment (e.g. theories of attachment, the role of the father, Romanian orphan studies, maternal deprivation) and Psychopathology (e.g. OCD, depression, phobias) 

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context:

Approaches in Psychology (e.g. cognitive psychology, social learning theory, biological psychology), Biopsychology (e.g. the nervous and endocrine system, neurons and synaptic transmission) and Research Methods 

Paper 3 – Issues and Options in Psychology:

Issues and Debates in Psychology (gender and culture in Psychology, nature vs. nurture debate, free will vs. determinism), Gender (sex role stereotypes, atypical gender development, gender identity disorder), Eating Behaviour (anorexia, obesity, success and failure of dieting) Aggression (genetic factors in aggression, institutional aggression in prisons, effects of computer games on aggression).  

Entry requirements

Students need to have achieved the minimum entry requirements of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, to include at least one B grade in Science. 

Future opportunities

The analytical skills developed in Psychology and the understanding of behaviour are very useful in a wide range of careers, specifically in the areas of applied psychology, educational psychology, clinical and counselling psychology, forensic psychology, sport and exercise psychology and areas of human resources, health and social welfare, teaching, marketing and retail management.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chace Community School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September

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