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Psychology A Level at Raine's Foundation School

Course description

This course is an investigation into human mind and behaviour. This course assumes no prior knowledge of the subject and will appeal to anyone who is interested in understanding and explaining human behaviour.

What will I study?

AS

Psychological Investigations: 

You will be taught about 4 methods used by psychologists when they research theories and the problems that occur when we research human behaviour and you will be carrying out investigations yourself. You will become familiar with four techniques for collecting/analysing data: self-report, experiment, observation and correlations. You will conduct your own small investigations in these areas.

Core Studies:

Covers the main themes and perspectives in psychology and focuses on 3 core research studies from each of the 5 areas.

  • Cognitive – How can words alter our memory? What is a theory of mind? Can chimps be taught to communicate with humans?
  • Developmental – Do children think differently to adults? Does TV make us aggressive? What is the Oedipus complex?
  • Social – How does being in prison affect our behaviour? Would we obey if we were told to kill? Would we help a stranger?
  • Individual differences – How is schizophrenia diagnosed? Is there such a thing as multiple personality? Why do we gamble on fruit machines?
  • Physiological – How do others know when we’re dreaming? Does one half of the brain know what the other half is doing? Do taxi drivers’ brains develop as they get better at navigation?

A2

Options in Applied Psychology Candidates have the opportunity to study 2 areas of applied psychology:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology and Sport tbc
  • Psychology of Education

There is opportunity to learn about applications of psychology and how theory is applied in real life situations.

Approaches and Research Methods in Psychology:

This unit is made up of two parts: a) research methods (design of a practical project) and b) structured questions bringing together approaches, perspectives, methods, issues and debates covered throughout the course. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A – C. A grade B in English is strongly recommended. A grade C is Maths is also required.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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