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Psychology A level at Central Foundation Girls' School

Course description

This course is for anyone who is interested in the study of the human mind and behaviour and keen to explore a cutting edge science that has real world applications in issues ranging from artificial intelligence to social change. You should be able to take part in discussions and express your opinion clearly. You must be willing to view the world from different perspectives and be confident in analysing and interpreting data as well as planning and conducting scientific investigations.

Course content

AS Unit 1: Introductory topics in Psychology
Social influence - conformity, obedience and how research into social influence can bring about social change.
Memory - how we store and retrieve information; including models of memory, memory in everyday life and strategies to improve memory.
Attachment - early social development and how children develop attachments in infancy and how these can affect later adult relationships.

AS Unit 2: Psychology in context
Approaches in Psychology - origins of psychology, the emergence of psychology as a science, the basic assumptions of behaviourism, cognitive psychology and the biological approach.
Psychopathology - definitions of abnormality, the characteristics, explanations and treatments of disorders, such as depression, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Research methods - different research methods, an understanding of scientific processes and data handling.

A2 Unit 1: Introductory topics in Psychology - Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology (similar to AS units).

A2 Unit 2: Psychology in context
Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods ( in addition to AS units, you will need to look at inferential statistics as a form of data analysis).

A2 Unit 3: Issues and options in Psychology - explores some of the key debates in psychology such as, free-will and determinism, nature and nurture, as well as ethical issues in research and psychology as a science. Options include aggression, addictive behaviour and forensic psychology.

Entry requirements

 5 good GCSEs with 5 in En PLUS


Written exams with a combination of multiple choice, short and extended response questions.
AS Level: 2 exams in May, one for each unit
A Level - 3 exams in June, one for each unit

Future opportunities

This A-Level gives you a broad range of skills which could be applied to any further studying you decide to do or jobs should you wish to start working.

Further information

Psychology is a current and relevant subject which new research being conducted and published every day, this means you are learning about the world around you and current breakthroughs. We encourage students to engage with Psychology and we offer trips, recommend books of the month, have a psychology article folder and a weekly psychology film club!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Central Foundation Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2017
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