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Psychology A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

The A-level course is spread across two years and covers a variety of psychological topics:

SOCIAL INFLUENCE
- Types of conformity
- Conformity to social roles
- Explanations for obedience
- Explanations of resistance to social influence
- Minority influence
- Social influence processes in social change

MEMORY
- The multi-store model of memory
- Types of long-term memory
- The working memory model
- Explanations for forgetting
- Improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony Attachment
- Caregiver-infant interactions in humans
- Animal studies of attachment
- Ainsworth’s Strange Situation
- Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation
- The influence of childhood attachments on adult relationships (internal working model).

PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
- Definitions of abnormality
- The behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of: Phobias Depression Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias
- The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression
- The biological approach to explaining and treating OCD

APPROACHES IN PSYCHOLOGY
- Learning approach
- Cognitive approach
- Biological approach
- Psychodynamic approach
- Humanistic approach
- Comparison of approaches

BIOPSYCHOLOGY
- Divisions of the nervous system
- Sensory, relay and motor neurons
- The function of the endocrine system
- The fight or flight response
- Localisation of function in the brain
- Ways of studying the brain

RESEARCH METHODS
Experimental method
- Observational techniques
- Self-report techniques
- Correlations
- Content analysis
- Case studies
- Scientific process
- Sampling
- Pilot studies
- Experimental designs
- Observational designs
- Questionnaire construction
- Variables o Control
- Demand characteristics
- Ethics o Reliability
- Validity
- Features of science
- Reporting
- Peer review
- Data handling and analysis
- Inferential testing

ISSUES AND DEBATES IN PSYCHOLOGY
- Gender and culture
- Free will and determinism
- The nature-nurture debate
- Holism and reductionism
- Idiographic and nomothetic approaches
- Ethical implications

RELATIONSHIPS
- The evolutionary explanations for partner preferences
- Factors affecting attraction
- Theories of romantic relationships
- Virtual relationships in social media
- Parasocial relationships

SCHIZOPHRENIA
- Classification of schizophrenia
- Biological explanations
- Psychological explanations
- Drug therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- The interactionist approach

FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
- Problems of defining crime
- Offender profiling
- Biological explanations of offending behaviour
- Psychological explanations of offending behaviour
- Dealing with offending behaviour

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - C to include at least level 5 English Language, level 5 Mathematics and grade B Science.

Future opportunities

Psychologists have a valuable contribution to make to all areas of life today, whether it be with individuals or for society as a whole e.g. community services, police, nursing. Psychologists are probably best known for their work in the health and education field.

Careers fall into three broad categories:

a. Those for which a degree is essential
b. Those for which it is directly useful but for which other graduates can apply
c. Careers, which are open to any discipline

e.g. Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologists, Educational Psychologist Forensic, Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Occupational Psychologists, Psychotherapy, Teaching, Sports Psychology Doctors (A-Level Psychology is acceptable for medicine).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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