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Psychology at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

Psychology’s aim is to educate students in the scientific study of human behaviour and mental life.  Many of the skills gained are readily transferable, making students attractive to a wide range of employers. Synergising research, statistical analysis,
literacy and critical evaluation skills, students will be in a strong position for a whole range of related degrees, including forensics, criminology, human resources and medicine.

How far should we obey authority figures? How do Psychologists profile serial killers? How we do explain and treat mental illnesses such as OCD and depression? Why do we suffer from jetlag? Why do we forget things? These are just a few of the fascinating topics covered throughout the course.

Students will also learn about psychological research methods and have opportunities to carry out exciting investigations of their own choosing, thereby developing their own research interests.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Unit 1 involves the study of Social influence, Memory and Attachment.

  • Social influence looks at conformity, obedience and minority influence.
  • Memory covers models of memory, explanations of forgetting and eye witness testimony.
  • Attachment involves caregiver-infant interactions, explanations for attachment and maternal deprivation.

Unit 2 involves studying Approaches in Psychology (Biopsychology), Psychopathology and Research methods.

Approaches cover the origins and emergence of psychology as a science.

  • Biopsychology looks at the nervous system, neurons, endocrine system and fight or flight response.
  • Psychopathology examines abnormality and behavioural and cognitive explanations of disorders (e.g. OCD)
  • Research methods looks at the scientific process, data handling and analysis.

All students will sit the AS Level exam (whether they are to sit the whole A Level or not).  Material taught for the AS units is directly relevant for the first two units in the A Level. The additional A Level research methods material will be taught in the final half term of the year.

 

A LEVEL

Unit 1 involves the study of Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

Unit 2 involves studying Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research methods.

Unit 3  involves the study of issues and debates in Psychology, Relationships, Stress and Forensic Psychology.

Despite the similar content, differentiation between AS and A Level units will be in terms of the question demands and thoroughness, effectiveness and coherence of analysis, interpretation evaluation, or conclusion

 

Entry requirements

  • English Language - C
  • Mathematics - C
  • Science - C
  • At least one B grade in a literate subject

Assessment

AS LEVEL

Unit 1 is assessed by a 1½ hour examination comprising of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing sections.

Unit 2 is assessed by a 1½ hour examination comprising of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing sections.

 

A LEVEL

Unit 1 is assessed by a 2 hour written examination comprising of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing sections.

Unit 2 is assessed by a 2 hour written examination comprising of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing sections.

Unit 3 is assessed by a 2 hour written examination comprising of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing sections.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2016

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