Psychology AS and A level at Stowmarket High School
Many people, when they hear the word ‘Psychology’, think of mental disorders and abnormal behaviour. But psychologists are not only concerned with extremes of behaviour. Many psychologists investigate very ordinary, everyday behaviour such as memory, making friends, getting aggressive, thinking, obeying others, sleeping and seeing. Psychology can be defined as ‘the scientific study of human behaviour and experience’. It is a fascinating subject because it is about you and me and ‘what makes us tick’.
The subject is an excellent choice at AS. It requires a mix of critical thinking and English, Mathematics and Science skills. A level Psychology is recognised by QCA and many universities as a Science A’ level. It is usually accepted as a suitable subject for a wide variety of degree courses including medicine and also is a subject which many employers recognize as developing all important people skills.
The AS consists of four topics
Social Psychology: obedience, prejudice
Cognitive Psychology: memory
Biological Psychology: brain functioning, aggression
Learning Theories: conditioning, phobias
The content for Topics 1, 2, 3 and Topic 4 is the same for the AS and A level qualifications, so even though they are separate qualifications they are co taught in the first year.
Social and Cognitive Psychology
Biological Psychology and Learning Theories
Clinical Psychology: schizophrenia, OCD or anorexia
Criminological Psychology: jury decision making, eyewitness testimony, causes and treatments of crime
Psychological skills: review of methodologies, review of studies, review of issues and debates
Learning in Lessons -
A variety of methods are used. These include ‘lectures’ discussion groups, videos, personal and group work, practical workshops, your own research projects etc.. Whatever methods are used, it is essential that you have a ‘user-friendly’ record, so note-taking and organisation is an important skill to develop. The course is 100% assessed by four examination modules.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowmarket High School directly.