AS/A2 Psychology at Durham High School For Girls
The following themes run through the AS and the A2 courses:- • How Science Works, specifically the concepts, principles and theories that form the subject content. The procedures associated with the valid testing of ideas and, in particular, the collection, interpretation and validation of evidence. The role of the scientific community in validating evidence and also in resolving conflicting evidence. • Psychological theories, concept and research • Cultural, social and contemporary issues relating to psychology Topics for special study at AS are:- In Unit 1 you will study • Cognitive Psychology - Models of Memory and Memory in Everyday Life • Developmental Psychology - Attachment and Impacts of Everyday life on Attachment • Research Methods - Methods and Techniques, Investigation Design and Data Analysis and Presentation In Unit 2 you will study • Biological Psychology - Stress as a Bodily Response, Stress in Everyday Life • Social Psychology - Social Influence including Conformity and Obedience and Social Influence in Everyday Life • Individual Differences - Defining and Explaining Psychological Abnormality and Treating Abnormality Topics for special study at A2 are:- In Unit 3 you will study Topics in Psychology which include • Aggression - Social Psychological Approaches to Explaining Aggression, Biological Explanations of Aggression, Aggression as an adaptive response • Eating Behaviour - Factors Influencing Attitudes to Food and Eating Behaviour, Biological Explanations of Eating Behaviour and Eating Disorders • Relationships - The Formation, Maintenance and Breakdown of Romantic Relationships, Human Reproductive Behaviour and Effects of Early Experience and Culture on Adult Relationships In Unit 4 you will study Psychopathology • Clinical Characteristics, Classification, Aetiology (investigation into the cause of the condition) and treatment of either Schizophrenia, Depression or Anxiety Disorders Psychology in Action which will include one of the following: • Media Psychology - Media Influences on Social Behaviour, Persuasion, Attitude and Change and the Psychology of ‘Celebrity’. • The Psychology of Addictive Behaviour - Models of Addictive Behaviour, Factors Affecting Addictive Behaviour and Reducing Addictive Behaviour • Psychological Research and Scientific Method - The Application of Scientific Method in Psychology, Designing Psychological Investigations and Data Analysis and Reporting on Investigations.
No prior knowledge of psychology is necessary. It is suggested, however, that candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills equivalent to those required to gain at least Grade C in GCSE Mathematics, English and Science.
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You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Psychology, which could lead you onto higher education to study Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham High School For Girls directly.