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Psychology AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

AS/A2 Psychology is most valuable to pupils because

it allows us to confront and examine our intuitions

and beliefs objectively. This involves testing

stereotypes and questioning our understanding

of people’s behaviour, as individuals or in groups.


Throughout the course, the focus is on application

of the Methods of Research in psychology and an

appreciation of the code of ethics employed by

the British Psychological Society.

Course content


Unit 1: Introducing Psychology.

Key Approaches is a brief foray into the historical

context of psychology, including the work of

prominent psychologists such as Sigmund Freud,

B F Skinner and Carl Rogers.

Biopsychology is an introduction to the biological

structures and chemical activity that underlie

behaviour, and the techniques that are used to

investigate brain function.

In Gender, cultural stereotypes and thoughtprovoking

case studies are confronted to guide an

investigation of how psychology uses evidence to

test theories and evaluate a range of theories about

personality development.


At the heart of this unit is the challenging question

of how much of our behaviour is determined by

nature and how much by nurture.

Unit 2: Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

& Individual Differences.

The topic of Social Psychology explores how

irrational bias can influence our impression of others,

and includes investigation of prejudice and


Cognitive Psychology studies the nature of

memory and forgetting, investigating how current

models of memory are developed.

Individual Differences focuses on the development

of debilitating conditions, such as phobias and

obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as the

effectiveness of treatments.


A2 Unit 3: Child Development.

Cognitive Development through childhood into

adulthood concentrates on the influential work of

Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky as well as more recent


Cognition & Law examines how effectively

experimental psychology has informed police

practice when interviewing witnesses and identifying

faces, as well as the ethical and legal issues

surrounding false memories.

In Forensic Psychology, the nature of the offender

and criminal profiling are considered alongside the

effectiveness of punishments and therapies.


Unit 4: Approaches, Debates and Methods

in Psychology.

The six main approaches in psychology,

(Psychodynamic, Behaviourist, Social Learning,

Humanistic, Cognitive, and Biological), are compared

in depth and used to interpret materials from all the

AS/A2 modules. Discussion of whether psychology is

a science is also informative in developing arguments

about central debates into holism vs. reductionism

or nature vs. nurture, for example.


Entry requirements

Essential GCSE Grades: Grade B in Additional

Science (or the equivalent overall level in separate

Biology, Chemistry and Physics).


Desirable GCSE Grades: Grade B in Mathematics


AS level: Units 1 & 2; 90 minute papers of 60 marks each.

A2 level: Units 3 & 4; 120 minute papers of 60 marks each.


Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
 be payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

Psychology is valued at university for the breadth

of scientific and analytical writing skills that are

developed, although it is not required for entry to

any degree. A level Psychology is considered as an

appropriate subject in any combination for any

course requiring three A level entries.


Psychology remains one of the most popular courses at

university, and it underpins other courses, such as

Child Development, Marketing, Criminology and

Neuroscience. Sports Science is also a popular

choice for Millfield pupils.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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