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Psychology A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

Through the study of psychological theories, concepts and research, candidates will develop an understanding of the principles and perspectives governing the subject. The course at AS is divided into five core areas of Social Influences, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology and Biopsychology plus Research Methods. These topics will give candidates a broad base of understanding of Psychology.

Course content

AS
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Social influence: conformity and minority influence, obedience to authority and implications for social change.

Memory: Models of memory, long term memory, forgetting, eyewitness testimony and methods for improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.

Attachment: Explanations, animal studies, types, cultural variations and the influence of attachment on childhood and adult relationships.

Psychopathology: definitions of abnormality, characteristics of disorders, behavioural approach to phobias, cognitive approach to depression and therapies.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

Approaches in Psychology: Learning, cognitive and biological approach.

Biopsychology: divisions of the nervous system, function of the endocrine system and the fight or flight response.

Research methods: understanding of research methods, scientific processes and techniques of data handling and analysis, and ability to assess their strengths and limitations.

A Level Papers 1 and 2 (above) and:

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
Compulsory – Issues and debates in Psychology: gender and culture bias, free will and determinism, nature-nurture debate, holism and reductionism, idiographic and nomothetic approach and ethical implications of research studies.

Optional – One from each of the following groups Relationships/Gender and Cognition and Development Schizophrenia/Eating Behaviour/Stress Aggression/Forensic Psychology/Addiction

Entry requirements

At least five GCSE grades C or above, including Grade C in Science, Maths and English.

Assessment

100% Examination

AS (one year course) - Papers 1 and 2 will be examined in the summer term of Year 12. Both papers are 2 hours in length.

A-Level (two year course) – Papers 1, 2 and 3 will be examined in the summer term of Year 13 (any examinations taken in Year 12 will not contribute to the overall A level). All three examinations are 2 hours in length.

Although there is no coursework, students will be regularly assessed to give a good indication of their attainment. This will be through the use of practice examination questions and mock examinations set throughout the course.

Future opportunities

This specification in Psychology is designed to develop students’ basic understanding of the breadth of different approaches in Psychology. Through the study of psychological theories, concepts and research, candidates will develop an understanding of the principles and perspectives governing the subject. Candidates will develop the ability to identify ethical issues, apply psychology to cultural, social and contemporary issues and use a range of research methods to investigate psychological issues. Students will need to have the ability to understand theories, interpret research evidence, formulate and develop arguments and evaluate psychological theories/evidence. It is essential that students are able to develop essaywriting skills as well as a good understanding of the use of statistics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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