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Psychology at Watford Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Awarding Body: OCR

Psychology is usually defined as the scientific study of behaviour. Its subject matter includes behavioural processes that are observable, such as gestures, speech and physiological changes and processes that can only be inferred, such as thoughts and dreams.

Course content

AS: Code: H168

Unit G541: Psychological Investigation

This unit is designed to give students some practical experience of psychological research. They have the opportunity to carry out a range of practical exercises involving a variety of research methods. The unit examination tests their understanding of research methods, concepts and source material. It is assessed through a written examination.

Unit G542: Core Studies

This unit uses easily accessible examples of psychological research to introduce students to the five core areas of the subject. These are: cognitive psychology which includes the study of the basic characteristics of language, perception, autism and memory; social psychology which includes the study of the concepts of conformity, obedience and affiliation; developmental psychology which includes the study of theories of learning aggression, phobias and conservation; physiological psychology which includes the study of the basic structure and function of the nervous system and how it explains human behaviour, and; the psychology of individual differences which includes the study of cognitive bias and multiple personality.

It is assessed through a written examination.

A2: Code H568

The A2 course builds on the foundations of the AS but is more specialised and requires more searching analysis and evaluation.

Unit G543: Applied Psychology

Health and Clinical Psychology

This unit explores issues such as dysfunctional behaviour, adherence to medical advice, lifestyles, stress and disorders such as depression, phobias and schizophrenia. It is assessed through a written examination.

Forensic Psychology

This unit explores issues such as brain dysfunction, morality and upbringing and why people turn to crime. It covers interviewing witnesses and suspects. It is assessed through a written examination.

Unit G544: Approaches and Research Methods in Psychology

This involves examining and evaluating all aspects of research methods and conducting practicals so that source material can be analysed effectively. Candidates will be expected to be able to understand how different approaches, debates and issues can affect psychological research. It is assessed through a written examination.

Entry requirements

Grade B in both GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language and two B Grades in Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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