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Psychology AQA A Level at Kingdown School

Course description

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is concerned with investigating why we do what we do and looking at what shapes us. This is a very challenging subject to undertake as it requires you to be highly literate, numerate and able to think scientifically about complex issues.

Course content

Research methods- Students will become familiar with research methods and gain a good understanding of how psychological research is conducted. Students will conduct their own small investigations throughout the year and knowledge and understanding of psychological investigations will be developed. Intelligence, statistics, data analysis and application of psychology are key elements of this section. Cognitive psychology- Students will gain a good understanding of what memory is, how it can be manipulated and how it can be improved.

Developmental psychology –Students will focus on the types of attachment infants have to their primary caregivers and the impact that these have on their later life.

Biopsychology – Students will focus on stress, in particular the biological response individuals have to stress, and how stress affects people in their everyday lives.

Social Influence- Students will focus on issues such as conformity and obedience. Students will gain an understanding of how other people can influence their behaviour.

Individual differences- In this topic students will gain an understanding of what psychologists consider ‘abnormal behaviour.’ In particular students will learn about the explanations and treatments for phobias, depression and OCD.

Topics in psychology - Students will study three further topics in Psychology. This will involve the analysis of research conducted into Aggression, Relationships and Schizophrenia.

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade (9-5) plus 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C with a B+ in any science. 


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Future opportunities

This subject is an excellent qualification for ANY sphere of employment.

However, the majority of practising psychologists work within the following areas; business, management, personnel, social work, healthcare, advertising, education and law. Specific careers are available as Occupational Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Forensic Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists and within Psychiatry. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingdown School directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2016
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