Psychology at Notre Dame High School
Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and experience. It’s a science that looks at both the natural and the social world and is becoming ever more important in today’s society. The AS level course gives you a good overview of the different ways psychologists approach the subject. It is divided up into 6 topics:
1. Cognitive Psychology – Memory: theories of how memory works and memory in everyday life, including eye witness testimony and strategies for memory improvement (very useful for exams!)
2. Developmental Psychology - Early Social Development / Attachment: concerned with the way infants bond with their caregivers and the impact of day care on children’s social development
3. Research Methods: The ways in which psychologists gather their data about human behaviour: Methods and techniques; Investigation design; Data analysis and presentation
4. Biological Psychology – Stress: The effects of stress on the body and stress in everyday life, including psychological and physiological methods of stress managemen
5. Social Psychology - Social Influence: Explanations of why people conform to and obey others and of how people resist pressures to conform and pressures to obey authority
6. Individual Differences - Psychopathology (Abnormality): this section looks at how psychological abnormality (mental disorder) is defined and explained and how it is treated, including the use of medication and psychotherapy.
At A2 we study schizophrenia, aggression, and media psychology, among other topics. Research methods are again an important focus of this part of the course.
How it is assessed
AS: 2 modular exams of 90 minutes each, with structured questions.
A2: 2 exams, one of 90 minutes and one of 120 minutes, mainly requiring essay-style answers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notre Dame High School directly.