Psychology AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School
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.
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
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
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.
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.
ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
be payable before submitting your application.
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.