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Psychology AS and A Level at Whitmore High School

Course description

Psychology is the fascinating and scientific study of behaviour. You will study how people interact, how we change and develop, how we think, how the nervous system works, how we differ from animals and how we decide what is normal. You’ll develop your ability to think critically and analytically, further develop both your oral and communication skills and your ability to plan statistically viable experiments.

Course content

AS Content

Paper 1

Social Psychology: Obedience and Prejudice - how people interact and how individuals, groups, society and culture influence us

Cognitive Psychology - the workings of mental processes such as thinking and memory, which we use to make sense of information. 


Paper 2

Learning Theories - how we learn behaviours, for example by associating with different events and observing others. There is a specific focus on phobias.

Biological Approach - the relationship between biological processes, in particular the workings of the brain, and psychological functions. There is a specific focus on aggression. 

Across both papers you will be tested on research methods: how we test hypotheses in Psychology through a variety of research techniques.


A Level Content

Paper 1

Social, Cognitive, Biological and Learning Theories, forming the foundations of Psychology. 

Paper 2

Clinical Psychology - the study of mental disorders. Learning may focus on disorders such as Schizophrenia and Anorexia Nervosa.

Criminal or Child or Health Psychology – why people commit crime, jury decision making and eyewitness testimony; or attachment, deprivation and Autism; or alcohol/drug addiction, tolerance and withdrawal.

Paper 3

Psychological skills - key debates in Psychology such as ‘Is Psychology a science?’ and issues of social control e.g., is it ethical to control someone using medication? A review of all key issues in Psychology and the use of methodologies.  


How will I be assessed?

Exams 100%.

There will be 2 papers at AS Level and 3 papers at A Level. A minimum of 10% of the marks will be from the assessment of quantitative skills (i.e. statistical analysis of data).

Date(s) of Assessment


Future opportunities

Higher education courses in psychology, social sciences, and neuroscience and careers in social work, clinical or educational psychology, research, teaching and the media. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 December 2016

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