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Psychology A Level AQA - A at Sir Roger Manwood's School

Course description

Why study this subject? 

Psychology A-Level involves the study of many contemporary issues and provide an informed way of looking at the challenges facing us in 21st Century life.  Students tackle a wide range of topics such as Memory, Aggression, Social Influence, Biopsychology and Psychopathology.


Course content

Course content:


Unit 1:

This unit introduces three initial topics to students – Social influence, Memory and Attachment.  These topics include a wide range of issues.  For example, the Social Influence topic helps students to gain an understanding of conformity, obedience and minority influence.  The Memory topics examines model of memory, explanations for forgetting and eyewitness testimony.  The attachment topic includes the caregiver –infant relationship, explanations of attachment and the effects of deprivation and institutionalisation.


Unit 2:

This unit also introduces three topics – Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods.  In the Approaches topic students gain an understanding of the basic assumptions of the Learning approach, the Cognitive approach and the Biological approach.  In the Psychopathology topic students examine definitions of abnormality as well as the characteristics of and treatments for phobias, depressions and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  The Research Methods topics help students to understand a variety of research methods, the scientific process and a variety of related techniques.


Unit 3:

This unit includes 3 compulsory topics – Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods and Issues and Debates in Psychology.  It also includes three topics selected from 9 optional topics.  These include Relationships, Gender, Cognition and Development, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction.

Entry requirements

At least a B grade at GCSE in a related discpline.

Future opportunities

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.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 23 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years